Fear of Dentists, But I Need to Go and Can't Find the Nerve

I know I need some dental work and I can't seem to find the nerve to go. It's been many years since I last had a check up. How does everyone overcome it? Thanks! 
frightened frightened
46-50, F
4 Responses May 26, 2007

Don't worry if you can't find the nerve ... the dentist will find it ....

Oh, Vowel Man!! That was just mean! Funny, but mean....

I used to hate going to the dentist. Now it doesn't bother me so much. I think the trick is to go for regular check-ups. That way, most of the time when you go, they don't have to do any "work" on you and you stop associating a visit to the dentist with pain.

It's not #1 on my list of fun things to do, even though I've worked for a dentist for 25 years. Checkups are easy. When you call for the appointment, tell them you want just exam and x-rays the first visit...not a cleaning, too. You can tell them you're really apprehensive and ask how they handle that. They can offer you nitrous or maybe suggest a valium before your appointments. You might ask your friends who they see and what they like or dislike about their dentist. Please don't wait until you've got a toothache to make the call. It's one thing to be nervous...you can work around that. It's not fun to be nervous and hurting at the same time. Good luck!