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What's Your Worst Fear?

What is your biggest dental fear?

  • Pain

    Votes: 39 47.0%
  • Gagging/nausea/vomiting

    Votes: 20 24.1%
  • Needles

    Votes: 21 25.3%
  • Lack of Control/feeling at the mercy of the dentist

    Votes: 30 36.1%
  • Other - please specify (N.B.: The options below weren't part of the original poll but added in 2019)

    Votes: 13 15.7%
  • Embarrassment/shame (newly added)

    Votes: 11 13.3%
  • The dentist (newly added)

    Votes: 7 8.4%
  • The numb feeling (newly added)

    Votes: 4 4.8%
  • Panicking, crying or making a fool of myself (newly added)

    Votes: 7 8.4%
  • Bad reaction to local anaesthetic (newly added)

    Votes: 2 2.4%
  • The sound of the drill (newly added)

    Votes: 6 7.2%
  • Unnecessary treatment (newly added)

    Votes: 7 8.4%
  • Choking or drowning (newly added)

    Votes: 4 4.8%
  • Issues arising from past sexual/physical/emotional abuse (newly added)

    Votes: 4 4.8%

  • Total voters


Well-known member
Aug 17, 2012
Other: Work being done incorrectly/making things worse

This has become a newer fear of mine. I’ve seen it happen to relatives who go in with a problem and come out with a worse problem.