I know the extreme anxiety that you've been going through. I have to say that you and the people who have responded to your posts have helped to put my mind at ease. Like you, I've had a terrible dental phobia for as long as I can remember. I avoided going to the dentist for about 13 years, and over that time I had developed some horrible problems. A few months ago the pain in one tooth was so unbearable that I absolutely had to get a root canal. It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought, but I still had to load up on anxiety meds to get through it. But the fact was that avoiding the dentist and not taking care of my teeth resulted in basically a whole mouth full of problems. I went to the dentist this morning because I've had 3 molars that are absolutely killing me, and I'm finally realizing that if I just take care of it and get it over with, I'll save myself a lot of pain. I went today thinking he'll tell me to get these 3 teeth pulled, but it turns out I also need all 4 wisdom teeth out, for a total of, yes, SEVEN!!!! So of course that scared the hell out of me, but after reading yours and other people's posts, I feel a lot better...I will also be doing IV sedation and getting all 7 extracted at the same time, probably within the next couple of weeks. I just wanted you to know that you aren't alone, and I wanted to wish you luck with your procedure. It's really amazing how anxiety can build up so strong in your mind. Be sure to let us know how it went, and I'll do the same. I'm sure we'll have a huge load off our shoulders after this is all over.