I took all three of my kids to the dentist this morning. Last year when I took the older two, Charlotte did great, so I wasn't worried about her. But she totally flipped out this time and wouldn't let them do xrays, wouldn't let them look in her mouth, or anything. She just cried. I tried bribing her with a trip to the dollar store-- which the boys earned-- but she did not. It's hard to not get annoyed when she acts this way. But then I worry if I'm being too hard on her, or if her emotions could be affected by fluctuating blood sugar. (which it wasn't today) But still, even after 2 1/2 years of regular trips to her endo, she's only recently being good for him. (as in, she'd hide under the chair and freak out if he touched her) She even flips out about new hair styles. She can be really shy around new people. One time at a friends' birthday party she was too shy to play the games and interact, and then as we were leaving she blurted, "but I did want to play the games!" I felt so bad for her, but by then it was too late as it was over. When she's just being shy, I try not to push her, but when it comes to doctors and dentists and I need her to be good, there's nothing I can do to get her to be compliant. Any advice? So far my "just be tough" approach has not helped. And preparing her in advance by explaining what's going to happen just gives her more time to freak out about something. I can accept that this is just part of her personality (I have stranger anxiety to some degree too) but I have yet to find anything that helps her.