For some people, the idea of dental work is scarier than a horror movie. Whether you experience anxiety or have a severe dental phobia, these feelings can get in the way of taking the best care of your teeth. One study showed that 24% of people wanting a dental implant refused treatment due to their dental fear. If you're afraid of getting certain dental work done, the good news is that it's usually not as bad as you think. With modern sedation and pain management advancements, common dental procedures like root canals can be virtually painless.