Here you can find some additional stories of younger people who had a fear of the dentist. You can also read more general personal stories about overcoming dental phobia on Dental Fear Central.
My first filling – DONE!
Just about 2 hours ago I left for the dentist, my Dad, aware that I am scared, said we should take a slow walk – it took about 20 minutes to get there, and I was shaking the whole way there, then when we got there, I waited in the waiting room, feeling hot and faint. It took about 10 minutes for the person to call my name, then I walked into the dentist room, being welcomed kindly, whilst shaking like a leaf! My dentist was AWESOME. She put this minty gel on my gum, which to be honest, tasted like toothpaste (not the most pleasant taste) and then she said that now was time for the DREADED injection.
I thought to myself, ‘no’. I couldn’t do it – she let me sit and think about it for a minute, and then I closed my eyes real tight, opened my mouth wide, and she put the injection where the gel was placed – I was getting ready for a horrible, sharp, sudden pain, but I swear on everything, I didn’t feel a thing! Not even a pinch, I just felt it put no pain, I could not believe it at all, I got myself all worked up for nothing! But I DID IT!!!!!!
Right then, I was the happiest person alive. I had conquered my fear, which I have, I would do it again and again and again if I needed too! Then I waited in the waiting room for about 10 minutes, and my whole mouth and chin started going all tingly, felt pretty awesome actually. I was called back in, where they put this water thing on and then did the drill, which I didn’t care about, I couldn’t feel it, not even that loud (people make it out to be loud)
Then, she put this thing in my mouth to stop my tongue from getting to the amalgam or something like that, and just like that, I did it. I had the biggest chufty badge ever, I couldn’t express enough to my parents all the way home how little it hurt, I was expecting it to be torture!
As I am writing this, my mouth is still tingling and feels massive! Can’t believe I did it, no more dentist till my check-up in November! I have officially conquered my fear of needles! And I love the dentist, doesn’t bother me at all!