Are you overcome by overwhelming fear just at the thought of a dentist? Have you avoided going to the dentist for years because of fear of what might happen? Are you avoiding certain roads because you know there’s a dental surgery and you can’t even bear the thought of going near one? If you said yes to any of these questions you are most likely suffering from dental phobia or dental anxiety.
People suffering from this type of phobia might have had a bad experience in their childhood, such as a painful dental treatment or they’ve observed someone else being in pain after a treatment. It is also possible that a parent had dental phobia and has passed this fear onto their child. Dentists are sometimes displayed as sadistic in films for shocking or even for comic effect. Did you ever see “Little Shop of Horrors”? Here a sadistic character named Orin Scrivello, a dentist played by Steve Martin who in his song “I am the Dentist” has the lines: “You have a talent for causing things pain/ Son, be a dentist/ People will pay you to be inhumane”. It’s, of course, meant to be a parody but it really doesn’t help anyone who already feels a bit worried at the thought of going to the dentist.
Reasons for dental phobia
Dental Phobia can have many different reasons. It can be a combination of any of these underlying fears:
- Fear of anaesthesia
- Fear of choking
- Fear of the dentist
- Fear of the drill
- Fear of embarrassment
- Fear of feeling powerless
- Fear of future dental work
- Fear of needles
- Fear of pain
Dental treatment has come a long way in recognising these fears and dentists will take patients’ potential fears into consideration. They will explain exactly what they are going to do, what you are going to feel and give you opportunities to have a break by raising your hand if you need them to stop for whatever reason.
Hypnotherapy can be used very successfully to eliminate dental phobia. Using advanced hypnosis the therapist uncovers underlying fears from your subconscious and teaches you to reframe them so that they no longer have any power over you. You are shown easy, practical relaxation techniques you can use before making the appointment and before the treatment itself so that your experience of the dental treatment will be calm and relaxed.
With the help of hypnotherapy, you can greatly alleviate and even remove dental phobia or dental anxiety for ever. So there is no need for you to suffer from this kind of fear.
If you have any further questions about Dental Phobia, please get in touch.
Samantha Culshaw-Robinson is a clinical hypnotherapist who has helped dozens of clients overcome their phobias since 2010. To get in touch for your complimentary consultation, please phone 075 222 777 22 or email email@example.com