One of famous characters was also afraid of dentists.
Abraham Lincoln was said to have had a great fear of dentists, and apparently for good reason. In 1841, Lincoln went to a dentist to have a tooth extracted. The dentist yanked out Lincoln’s tooth —along with part of his jawbone (without the benefit of anesthesia)! Years later, in 1862, the president developed a severe toothache and consulted a dentist — reluctantly, one might imagine. Sure enough, the tooth had to go. As the dentist prepared to pull the tooth, Lincoln asked him to wait. According to one account, he “took a container of chloroform from his pocket, inhaled it deeply, and sleepily gave the signal for the dentist to proceed”.