I recall stories from my parents about how going to the dentist was a really awful experience when they were young. Their impressions of the dentist were not positive, to say the least. I never particularly liked going to the dentist when I was young but it wasn't a big deal - I am lucky to never have had an fillings necessary but I find it boring rather than frightening. Yesterday I had to go to the dentist and Elli's reaction was a bit strange.
"When are we going to the dentist Daddy?"
"I am going to the dentist Elli, you are going to school."
"But that isn't fair! I want to go to the dentist too!"
Then she threw a fit because she wanted to go to the dentist. She sees going to the dentist as a fun adventure with treasure at the end (the dentist has a treasure chest for kids). Quite the change in just three generations from fear to indifference to joy. I never thought I would get the opportunity to threaten
"Be good or you won't get to go to the dentist!"
and have it actually work.