I know exactly how you feel. I used to get panic attacks at the thought of going to the dentist. I let an underlying problem go and in the end the infection got so bad, they cut my mouth open all the way up to the base of my nose to remove it - & $6000 later AFTER private health. Not only that - but I decided to become a dental assistant to cure myself. I now am cured. lol. I have to admit, the first few weeks were REALLY daunting, but I survived.