- Aug 13, 2014
I had my first filling at age 5 and the experience scarred me for life. I believe it is/was responsible for my dental phobia. I vividly recall the experience. I wasn't given a numbing injection, only a swab of topical medicine (I recall the taste of it being very similar to over-the-counter Anbesol). It did little to numb me and on top of already being frightened and not being allowed to have my mother in the room while my tooth was being filled, the experience was painful. I began to cry out of fear and pain, and the dentist ignored my pleas to stop and "Please, I want my mommy!" He grew quite angry with me and clamped his hand down over my mouth and nose -- apparently a common practice then in the early 1980s -- while growling at me that if I didn't shut up and stop crying, he was going to pull my tooth out.