I had a really bad a dentist that hurt me while doing a filling. After that going to the dentist really scares me. I tend to avoid going even for check up and cleanings.
Answer: I do not know how long ago you had that experience at the dentist. However, this might help you to know that most dentist now will numb your gums before doing dental fillings. It is also a good idea to explain to your dentist about your fears.
Dentist are not in the business to cause any one any unnecessary pain. They would not stay in business very long if they were. However if they know about your fears or concerns they can be a little more cautious when treating you.