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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: 5 13.2%
  • A number of traumatic experiences at the dentist

    Votes: 20 52.6%
  • Dentists can't get me numb

    Votes: 4 10.5%
  • Comments made by a dentist or hygienist (humiliation)

    Votes: 15 39.5%
  • Feeling powerless in dental situations

    Votes: 20 52.6%
  • Parents or caregivers being scared of the dentist

    Votes: 9 23.7%
  • Hearing horror stories from other people

    Votes: 8 21.1%
  • Movies or media portrayal of dental treatment

    Votes: 5 13.2%
  • Other traumatic experiences, including abuse

    Votes: 5 13.2%
  • Generally high levels of anxiety

    Votes: 17 44.7%
  • Emetophobia (fear of vomiting)

    Votes: 5 13.2%
  • Parents or caregivers instilling feelings of guilt about dental health

    Votes: 10 26.3%
  • Other (you can leave a post in this thread)

    Votes: 5 13.2%
  • No real reason/don't know

    Votes: 1 2.6%

  • 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.