We often are afraid of pain and rightly so. But sometimes the fear is worse than the pain itself. Remember as a child waiting for your jabs at the school or surgery? That fear of possible pain can stop people from seeking help. Dentists are well aware of those who need to come but are too terrified to do so. There are ways to dial down the emotion of fear though. Sometimes just breathing 5 counts in and 6 counts out can help. So can concentrating on something else. The use now of virtual reality games to distract patients having their burns dressed is really working. Self hypnosis is good too!