Dental Phobia

Posted by on Oct 11, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Dental Phobia

It is recommended that children and adults visit the dentist every six months.  For many people this is just a part of their healthcare routine.  For others it is a time of dread and worry leading to prevarication and anxiety as the appointment is delayed and put off for as long as possible.

I  thought it might be useful to give a selection of the types of issues people have come to me with about dental visits and maybe you will recognise something here that will help you take action to cure your anxiety for good.

Fear of the drill, fear of injections, adverse childhood memories or experiences, fear of gagging, worry that there may be something seriously wrong because of the length of time since the last visit, fear of the suction devise, swallowing the filing, jaw breaking, panic attacks, fear of sight of blood, fear of being sick, germs and infections, fear of pain, death, fear of x-rays, choking, gagging, making a fool of oneself, loss of control, fainting, shame that you haven’t visited the dentist and so have bad teeth, embarrassment for not brushing teeth correctly or that teeth are stained from drinking or smoking.  I have also helped clients who are afraid that they will be taken advantage of either financially or in some other inappropriate manner.

It is normal, perhaps, to dislike a visit to the dentist – however the health of our teeth and mouths in important for a good, long and active life.

Whilst some dental anxieties may be understandable, it is simple, straightforward and quick to put you back in control of the situation.  Analysis can be used to understand and resolve issues surrounding previous bad experiences if they exist.  In addition, you can be taught relaxation and self-hypnosis techniques which will allow you to pass the time on the dentist’s chair  in a tranquil and calm fashion so that the treatment can be carried out swiftly.

Dental phobia and anxieties are an area that is very effectively treated using hypnotherapy.  Many dentists work with good hypnotherapists because they understand the value of this treatment and because dentists themselves want their clients to have a good stress free visit to the clinic.  You can either contact me on or else speak to your own dentist about hypnotherapy for dental anxiety.

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