Re: dental phobia
Lots of people share the same fear, so don't worry, you're not alone. And most dentists will respect that and have ways of dealing with it to keep you at your ease.
The important thing is that you know you need to go and see the dentist, and you've made the appointment - that's the hardest bit already over with, so you can already congratulate yourself on doing what you know needs to be done and not letting your fear get the better of you!
My advice would be to try not to think about it too much. Easier said than done I know, but thinking about what it might be and what the dentist might do is only going to make you feel more worried and isn't going to make a blind bit of difference to the outcome. Or if you need to imagine something, imagine yourself after the appointment, laughing because it wasn't a problem, and feeling proud of yourself. Why not think of something to treat yourself with afterwards? It doesn't have to be something big, it could be anything, just something to look forward to, a sort of prize - maybe going out for a meal, or a CD you've been wanting, or a day not working or doing housework, anything. And make sure you let the dentist know about your fear, if he/she doesn't know already. If you don't like the reaction you get, then for next time find another dentist!
I found that if you just keep going for regular checkups, it gets easier. The more often you leave the surgery without anything being wrong, the less you are afraid of going. Plus if you go regularly you are far less likely to end up with any major problems that do need surgery or whatever. It's not a guarantee, but it makes sense - if you don't want to have to deal with a major problem, try to stop one happening in the first place.
If you're using Oram Plus it sounds like you think you might have gum disease - early treatment is really important, hiding away from it is only going to make things far worse, and if the bacteria are way down in your gums then Oram Plus may not be able to get at the problem anyway. Antibiotics aren't always the answer, they're not a magic cure-all, it depends what the problem is.
Good luck with your appointment, I'm sure it will be fine and you'll be really proud of yourself. I hope you let everyone know how it goes.