Fear of Dentists
Hypnotherapy for Fear of Dentists in Cornwall
Dental fear refers to the fear of dentistry or of receiving dental care.
A severe form of this fear is called dental phobia, odontophobia, dentophobia, dentist phobia, or dental anxiety.
However, it has been suggested that the term “dental phobia” is often a misnomer, as many people with this condition do not feel their fears to be excessive or unreasonable and resemble individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder, caused by previous traumatic dental experiences.
In many cases the actual fear may be more about the fear of injections or needles.
A survey by the British Dental Association found that 25% of people were afraid of visiting the dentist.
“Some people blame the cost because it’s easier than saying they’re frightened”
says Dr Carole Boyle, a specialist in sedation and special care dentistry at King’s College London.
Fear of the unknown
As with any type of anxiety, there are varying degrees of fear of the dentist.
The most common, and least severe, is simply a fear of the unknown.
This may arise if you’ve heard horror stories from other people or you’re worried about what could happen.
The next level of fear is dental fear, which is a reaction to a known danger.
For example, you may have had a tooth removed and experienced some pain. As a result, you may worry about experiencing it again.
Dental phobia is similar to dental fear but is more severe.
It’s often the result of a bad past experience.
For some people, dental phobia can be so crippling that simply seeing a toothpaste advert or a dental surgery can cause distress.
This is known as Anticipatory Anxiety
Reasons you may have developed the fear of dentists
▪ bad childhood experiences
▪ fear of injections
▪ fear of the anaesthetic
▪ fear of the dentist’s drill or the sound of the drill itself
▪ fear of being out of control
▪ feeling vulnerable
▪ invasion of your personal space
Therapy for Fear of Dentists in Cornwall
The choice of therapy to help your Fear of Dentists is going to depend on just how much the problem is affecting your day-to-day life, and also how long you have been suffering from the problem.
Jo Rogers is able to offer two main techniques for helping you to resolve your Fear of Dentists:
Psychotherapy for Fear of Dentists
If your problem is more significant and is having a seriously disruptive effect on your personal or professional life, then you may wish to consider a technique such as psychotherapy. This type of therapy can help you to rewire and delete the unwanted emotions, behaviors and symptoms of Fear of Dentists from the unconscious. This remarkable therapy is a type of neuro-plasticity and makes positive changes through an experiential and unique process. You will feel as if on a journey, at a pace that feels right to you, discovering the unconscious causes of the way in which you feel today. Slowly and gently you will gain an understanding of yourself in a way that you did not have before, making sense of those unwanted symptoms. We call this the discovery phase and adhering to specific guidelines in this particular form of psychotherapy, we are then able to change those thoughts, feelings and behaviors that are having such a negative impact on your life, restoring you to peace and tranquility. This is an holistic therapy.
Clinical Hypnosis for Fear of Dentists
If your particular problem is “relatively” minor and only affects you now and again, then you may have found that you have been able to tolerate the feelings that you have experienced.
In these circumstances I would normally recommend a few sessions of Clinical Hypnosis (Suggestion Therapy) as this particular technique has an excellent track record in these cases.
Contact JTR Hypnotherapy in Cornwall
If you’d like to arrange for an initial consultation at my clinic, or if you have any queries that you’d like me to answer, then you can e-mail me on jorogers@JTRhypnotherapy.co.uk, or if you’d prefer, you can fill out my online-enquiry form.
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