One can find countless excuses to avoid the dentist. The most common and usually contradictory arguments are ‘have not been to the dentist for ages’ and ‘being afraid of the dental treatments’. Feeling bad about the dentist could come from a major childhood trauma, a previous unprofessional care, or simply irrational fear of pain.
We might have had irrational fears for a long time. In science, irrational fear is defined as fear that once were real fear based on actual danger, but by now it has nothing to do with reality anymore. Due to our long evolution, many fears are coded into us, so understandably it is impossible to get rid of them with few positive words. For instance, an urban dweller is more afraid of a snake or a spider than a car, despite the fact that car traffic can be life-threatening and there is almost no chance of being bitten by a spider or a snake in a city. Technology is simply faster than our evolution can adapt to it. Dental techniques and treatments are also defined by such rapid technological change.
Nowadays, even the most serious dental treatment is painless. The worst-case inconveniences are keeping our mouth open for a long time or the consequences of numbness. You do not feel pain during any dental treatments.