I sympathize. Last year, I had two wisdom teeth removed and earlier this year I had a molar removed. I have found that I really need to be asleep to have these procedures done. If you can find an oral surgeon that does that, it is worth the cost. My insurance didn't cover the anesthesia, but I thought it was well worth the out-of-pocket expense. I closed my eyes to blink, and it was over. Ask your dentist about IV anesthesia.