I also have a fear of going to the dentist. I have pretty bad teeth and need a lot of work. I have insurance but I know that I will still have to come up with out of pocket cash to pay for all the extensive work.
I guess I use that as my excuse sometimes. I even had an appointment, went to the dentist office, sat in the waiting room, then faked being sick and left. I felt pretty pathetic, especially when I came home and lied to my wife about going.
Sometimes anxiety and phobias control what we do. I am working on making that call, there is really nothing stopping me except myself.
I agree with what some of the other posters said. Find a dentist that you are really comfortable with and ask for sedation if you need it. Dentists are used to people being afraid or scared of dental work. Believe me that your not alone. There are a lot of people like you, myself and others that just need that extra little help.
Let us know how everything goes.. If you need to talk we are here for you..
[This message has been edited by hottrodd (edited 08-01-2003).]