Six months ago, a dental appointment on January 3 sounded like a good idea. Now that the date arrived, that idea sucked. I have a deep seated fear of dentists. It all stems from my childhood. The first dentist I ever went to was named Dr. Payne (no joke). Furthermore, he did not believe in novocaine. This led to some interesting experiences as he drilled on my teeth without painkiller. I remember begging my mother not to make me go to the...