There is this joke that goes as follows:
-What are you afraid of the most?
-Dentists and darkness.
-I can understand why you'd be afraid of dentists, but why the darkness?
-'Cause I can't see how many dentists there are in the darkness!
So I'm going to the dentists and half and hour and I'm terrified. Not so much of the physical pain, as of the pain I will experience when I see the bill. :-)
Wish me luck!
P.S. It turned out that the exact same procedures cost 3 times less in Southern Illinois than they did in upstate New York. Now I feel really glad that I moved to the area.