I have terrible dentist phobia from having an evil dentist and really really bad dental hygiene when I was a child.
George Peffley is so amazingly gentle that I've actually FALLEN ASLEEP in his chair while he was examining me! I've told my friends that he touches you so gently and sweetly, it's more like the touch of a lover (or maybe a sweet old grandmother -- since there's nothing sexual about it) than that of a healthcare professional.
And he knows what he's doing, too. Whenever possible, he prefers to fill cavities without giving you a shot -- it sounds scary, but he's never, EVER hurt me more than a twinge (and I've had him do or replace several fillings for me). And if there's any twinge, he'll give you pain meds if you want. I imagine that if you said you absolutely wanted pain meds from the start, he'd probably do that for you, but it hasn't come up for me.
He's been my dentist for years, and I'm hoping he lives to practice til he's like 100 years old so I never have to go to anyone else.