I don’t fear it, I hate it. I go, but I loathe every second and put it off as much as possible.
First, because I’ve had several exceptionally bad experiences with ham-handed dentists and hygienists that caused me a whole lot of unnecessary pain. I’ve had the corner of my mouth ripped open with the little hook-shaped pointy thing that my dentist didn’t bother to take all the way out of my mouth before trying to put it away.
Second, I’m a bleeder. Regardless of my actual state of gingivitis (which, in point of fact, is nil - my gums are fine, thanks), I’ll be bleeding into my mouth for the rest of the freaking day. Spitting blood for the next 12 to 24 hours doesn’t appeal.
Third, I have a very, very touchy gag reflex. I can’t even count the number of times a dentist or hygienist has triggered it. I can count the number of times they’ve triggered it and I didn’t manage to suppress the reflex enough to keep from throwing up. That number is twelve. Let me assure you, throwing up with your head tilted backwards bcause you couldn’t struggle upright out of the mess of trays, lights, people, and assorted equipment fast enough is massively unpleasant. Throwing up through a mess of metallic crap because the asshole who triggered your gag reflex wasn’t on the ball enough to correctly translate frantic hand gestures, facial expressions and the grunting that’s all you can manage with someone’s hands in your mouth correctly is actually LESS fun.
Fourth, I’ve never - in my entire life, with seven different dentists - had a dentist appointment that began on time, ended in the alloted amount of time, or failed to involve a bare minimum of twenty minutes all by my lonesome self sitting in that chair, tipped backwards with random crap hanging out of my mouth waiting for the goddamn dentist to get back from wherever he or she buggered off to halfway through a routine cleaning.
We’re not even going to discuss the many times I’ve had some version of the following exchange:
/jab with painful needle sans numbing
“Did that hurt?”
“Hell yes that hurt!”
“Goddamn it, that hurts! Can’t you wait for the novocaine to kick in?”
/second jab, still not numbed repeat
One would think waiting at least 10 minutes for the drugs to kick in would dawn on them somewhere.
That’s why I hate the damn dentist.