Azenith Arnolds was 10 years old when she visited her dentist for her first tooth extraction. During the procedure, her dentist failed to properly anesthetize her back molar and hit a nerve spot-on.
The result was a memory of excruciating physical pain and a paralyzing fear of dentists that persists until today.
Few people get excited about visiting their local dentist. But chronic fear of dentists, otherwise known as odontophobia, prevents millions of people around the world from seeking the proper oral healthcare.