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What caused your fear or phobia?

What caused your dental phobia or fear?

  • A single traumatic experience at the dentist

    Votes: 7 14.0%
  • A number of traumatic experiences at the dentist

    Votes: 22 44.0%
  • Dentists can't get me numb

    Votes: 4 8.0%
  • Comments made by a dentist or hygienist (humiliation)

    Votes: 18 36.0%
  • Feeling powerless in dental situations

    Votes: 23 46.0%
  • Parents or caregivers being scared of the dentist

    Votes: 11 22.0%
  • Hearing horror stories from other people

    Votes: 12 24.0%
  • Movies or media portrayal of dental treatment

    Votes: 8 16.0%
  • Other traumatic experiences, including abuse

    Votes: 10 20.0%
  • Generally high levels of anxiety

    Votes: 25 50.0%
  • Emetophobia (fear of vomiting)

    Votes: 7 14.0%
  • Parents or caregivers instilling feelings of guilt about dental health

    Votes: 12 24.0%
  • Other (you can leave a post in this thread)

    Votes: 7 14.0%
  • No real reason/don't know

    Votes: 3 6.0%

  • Total voters


Junior member
Jun 4, 2019
My trauma began, I must have been almost 10. It was a routine check up done by our school. The dentist pulled my emerging tooth out of the blue without any anesthetic, cut it and just pull it out, sewed it and sent me back to class along with the rest of the pupils from my class

Jay LB

Junior member
Sep 16, 2020
My trauma began when I was 8 years old, receiving my very first dental extraction. Cause that time my tooth pain hinders and distracts my school performances so my parents took me into the dentist. They held me down and I was crying hard begging to get home. I felt everything, the blades, the needle, and the motion of my tooth being pulled. I even had the taste of the drug they put in my tooth before putting the needle.

After those, for years I never got myseld into the dental office again. I don't like to have any peinful experience again. I dont want to be helpless. I've been into surgeries that made me helpless and crying in agony, even my circumcision, that the doctors laughed at me while I'm crying in agony.


Junior member
Mar 1, 2021
I never had any trauma. My dentists up till I was around 14 were lovely, gentle and kind. I wasn’t keen on the last one I had because she was stern and no nonsense so had no time for my anxiety.

But I’ve always been scared of the dentist. Maybe it was the vibes my parents gave out when we visited? Or maybe it’s because I’ve always been an anxious person!

What certainly hasn’t helped was watching those make over programmes from the mid 2000s. Or being told that my Father bites down hard on his teeth before eating to stop them falling out....


Junior member
Mar 13, 2021
I have always had a phobia, I think because I have soft teeth and/ or dry mouth and thus needed work done after every checkup. I used to pray for Jesus to come rapture the church before my next appointment!
When I went to college, I stopped going for about 2 years since my mom couldn't make me. Then I was getting married and wanted a pretty smile. After 2 years of not going, I had 9 cavities, periodontal disease, and needed one molar pulled. I was still terrified, but I made myself get it all done. The periodontist is who did me in. He blamed me for my tooth decay, made me sit through an hour long video of what tooth decay does to you, and generally shamed me for needing work done. Then when he actually worked on my teeth, he forcefully jammed the needle in (and I needed it 3 times for the procedure). I was crying, the hygienist was embarrassed, and he never said a word to me. My phobia became PTSD. I didn't go to a dentist again for 15 years (tried once 10 years after, had 5 panic attacks). The needles are my trigger. I was sedated to get work done, and I came out of it crying when they were numbing me. Both sedation appointments. My daughter had to be numbed to have a baby tooth pulled and I had to turn away and have a small panic attack just thinking about what they were doing. Thankfully I found a dentist whose entire office is designed for people with anxiety, phobias, and PTSD.