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Afraid of the dentist? Hoda's doc talks you through it

May 17, 2012 at 2:50 PM ET

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Scared of the dentist? You're not alone. Hoda's freaked out by the drill, too.

So Thursday morning, to explore her "dentaphobia," the ladies Skyped in an actual dentist to allay her fears. Hoda has an appointment next week with another doctor in this guy's group, and admitted that she gets nervous and claustrophobic in the dentist's chair.

Dr. Gregg Lituchy gave Hoda a "dental fear intervention" (after jokily waving around a pair of pliers while the crew helpfully played scary audio of a drill). So how do you get over your fear?

If tooth work makes you nervous, Dr. Lituchy says the most important thing is finding a doc and an office you trust so you can relax and open up. Or one who who does massages like they do at his office. Now THAT'S what we're talking about. 

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Julieanne Smolinski is a TODAY.com contributor. Just give her the gas.

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