Does anyone like seeing the dentist? True, there are some people who do, but the majority of people find it challenging, with about 20% of all adults experiencing a genuine dental phobia. For these people, and many others, hypnosis for dental health (also called hypnodontics) can provide fast relief.
Dental phobias derive from numerous causes like bad previous experiences, the perceived humiliation from having neglected your teeth, horror stories from friends and family, fear of panicking in the office, fear of losing control or of gagging. They can be so all-consuming that some people avoid the dentist for years, with the phobia leaving a mess of painful decaying teeth behind.
Hypnosis can quickly and easily eliminate a dental phobia. A lot of people are often skeptical of hypnosis as they are concerned that it’s like what they’ve seen on TV or in the movies. The truth is, when you’re hypnotized you can’t be made to do anything you don’t want to do; you can’t even be hypnotized if you don’t want to be hypnotized. So there’s no need to worry about being made to do anything silly or embarrassing. When you’re hypnotized, you’re aware of everything that’s going on around you and you’ll remember as much as you would from any normal conversation. Hypnosis is just a way of focusing the mind so that the logical part and the emotional part believe the same message. Provided that it’s used by a responsible professional trained in hypnodontics, you can relax and know that you’re perfectly safe.
The hypnotic method if you have a fully-developed dental phobia is designed to get you to quit thinking about your fear internally. The majority of hypnotic sessions start with an induction which is a combination of distraction and focus on an external object such as a pen, a hand, or even a spot on the wall. Once the induction has begun, quite swiftly your eyes will close and your breathing will become relaxed and even. Next you will be led into a deeper trance. Some patients respond more readily than others and the hypnotist’s use of language and timing are essential to make it possible for you to trust that you can proceed deeper into trance.
Once you have properly achieved the stage where you can imagine freely, you will be led through a number of scenarios designed to remove your fear completely. These may include imagining a dentist’s visit in a detached way, or a story that helps your mind understand that the dentist’s office is a safe place as you let go of any bad previous experiences. Most importantly, you will learn how to relax when you go to the dentist.
So hypnosis helps you to deal with the dentist by helping you to relax at will. Because it’s impossible to be relaxed and anxious at the same time. So whether you need to handle a strong gag reflex, confront your fear of needles, treat chronic facial pain or eliminate bruxism (grinding your teeth), hypnodontics can be your answer.
Contact us today for a free, over-the-phone consultation and discover how hypnosis can help you eliminate your fear of going to the dentist once and for all.