Fear of Dentists:
Anxiety about the dental environment or prior entering dental environment. In some cases it can be severe and are expressed as a dental phobia and will lead to avoidance of dental treatment.
Fear of dentist or some aspect of dentistry can be as severe in some cases that the patient is unable to look at pictures of teeth or go near to dental surgery. Panic attacks are frequently associated with dental phobia.
Phobias are extremely common and range from the less well-known to the more commonly recognised such as fear of dentists, fear of flying, spiders etc. There will usually be strong avoidance behaviour connected with the phobia, and feelings of anxiety, loss of control and panic. Sufferers usually know their fear is irrational, but they cannot control it.
The phobia can be the result of product of severe stress, build up series of experiences, product of fear of fear, learned from other person or the result of past trauma. There are three stages of the development of phobias. 1. When stimuli present 2. Expectation of the stimuli. 3. Looking at a photograph of the stimuli.
Clinical Hypnotherapy can help to identify the root cause of the phobia and enable individuals to react to the particular object or situation they once feared in a calmer manner when encountering it in the future. Phobias are displaced fears and because they are not rational, they can be dealt with.
Possible Solutions with Hypnotherapy can also help with relaxation and visualization techniques for desensitization and forming new habits such as being more calm and relaxed.