I just had my wisdom teeth taken out last Friday (I'm in my early 20s). I totally understand about being affraid of the dentist. It had been six years since I went to the dentist. Two of my wisdom teeth started to surface and give me a lot of problems, so I had to "bite" the bullet and go in. As for going under, I was nervous because I had never had anything more then laughing gas. My oral surgeon ended up giving my laughing gas when I went in, to relax me. Once it started kicking in, they hooked me up to the IV and I was out in a few minutes. I strongly recommend following everything they tell you to do when you leave. Unfortunately, I didn't and I have to go in today for two possible dry sockets. It's been almost a week, and I'm still a little swollen. Which is great compared to what my face looked like the first three days after. I'm not exaggerating when I say this, but one of my cheeks was the size of baseball. I just had to be consistent with my anti-inflammatory medication, and eventually it started to go down. Have you seen "Hitch"? If so, I looked like Will Smith when he had an allergic reaction (not kidding). But then again, everyone is different. Everyone I had spoke to said they didn't have problems near as bad as mine, so I think my case is rare. If you're really nervous about going under, call and ask what they do when they put you under. If they don't relax you with laughing gas, ask is there would be something they could give you for your anxiety. My sister-in-law said her oral surgeon had her take Valium before she came in, and she said it worked wonders. Sorry for rambling... Good Luck! Remember, follow everything they tell you to after the surgery and you'll be fine.