I am afraid of going to the dentist. What can I do? (from ADA.org)

Don’t worry. You are not alone. Between 9-15% of Americans state having anxiety or fear when visiting their dental provider. To combat this and maintain your most optimal health, the first thing you should do is talk to your dentist. This is vital to building a good doctor-patient relationship. The key to finding a solution to dental anxiety is to discuss your fears and concerns with your dentist. Once your dentist is aware of your concerns, they will be able to better accomodate methods to make you less anxious and more comfortable.