I am terribly afraid of the dentist it has gotten so bad I haven't gone in 4 years. I never had a traumatic experience or even a cavity I don't know why I get so scared. I have tried to make appointments but I don't show up because I start to freak out. I don't have any problems with my mouth that I know of my friend is at dental school and I can't spend anytime with her because I am afraid that she is going to want to look in my mouth or something. It has started to affect my normal life because we used to be best friends. I have taken my friends and family with but I can't open my mouth when the dentist tells me to my heart starts racing and my hands get sweaty. I can't let them come near me I now can't even step in an office my friends have taken me to their appointments but it doesn't work. I really would like help over coming my fear so I can go back to my normal life and not freak out when someone says the word dentist. I don't know why I am like this please help me.