I wait until I absolutely have to go to the Doc before I will drag myself in,,,I wait even longer to go to the dentist. I had a really bad experience w/ dentists when I was 11. Had to have surgery on the roof on my mouth,,HORRIBLE pain!!! Then again when I was 13 I had to have a bottom Molar removed because the filling came out and I waited so long before telling anyone cuz I didnt want to go the dentist. The guy beat on my tooth with a little wrench,,, it cracked and my throat and mouth started filling up with blood. He was trying to yank one half of it out at a time. He yanked really hard and half of my tooth came flying out of my mouth with roots attached and landed at my mom's feet, who by this point was hysterical. The whole time I was moaning in pain and the dentists kept telling me,," It's all in your imagination,, your not really feeling pain,, your feeling pressure" I was so mad and I remember wanting to sock the dentist. Afterwards, he was cool and aloof and just pretty much walked out and let the nurse take care of me.---so much for "the dentists is your friend" Ha!