This is a relaxation type of therapy which is used to treat anxiety and a range of phobias such as dental phobia. It involves hypnosis and requires the person to approach this with an open mind and allow themselves to relax.

It has been used during oral surgery as an alternative to a general anaesthetic. Patients have been hypnotised which enables them to remain conscious but not to feel any pain or discomfort.

Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis does not mean losing control. You enter a trance state in which you are able to access your subconscious mind rather than your conscious mind which you use on a constant basis.

It is possible to enter a trance from everyday activities such as listening to music, using the internet or reading. Even daydreaming counts as being in a trance: you are conscious but have a reduced level of self awareness which enables you to focus upon a particular idea, thought or activity.

A good way of thinking of this is to consider it as entering ‘the zone’. This is a state in which you are 100% focussed on the task in hand and so remain oblivious to what is going on around you.

Hypnotherapy for dental fear/phobia

How does this work with dental phobia? A session of dental hypnotherapy will involve the affected person being asked questions about their dental phobia followed by the hypnosis. The aim is for the person to relax sufficiently so that they are able to enter a state of relaxation and face their fears.

The goal is for them to overcome these fears and be able to visit the dentist without any stress or anxiety.

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