Stop dental phobias in their tracks…

We all know how difficult it can be to have a nervous patient in the chair. I have often found that nervous patients don’t attend for their regular check-up appointments, tending to only come in to see me when it’s an emergency – and usually too late for me to be able to save a tooth.

This is when dental phobia becomes a ‘Catch 22’ situation for some people; by avoiding regular check-ups with the dentist which would identify issues before they become a problem, the situation ends up becoming much worse and so simply reinforces the patient’s association of dentists with stress and pain.

It was with this in mind that I decided to pursue further training to address this problem, and in 2009 completed postgraduate training in Dental Hypnotherapy with the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis. I now offer treatment under hypnosis for my patients whose nerves get the better of them when they are sat in my chair.

Despite the scepticism of holistic therapies such as hypnosis, I’ve found that many of my patients who struggle with nerves are willing to give it a try. At the end of the treatment, they wonder why they haven’t given it a go before which is rewarding to see.

Knowing how to use dental hypnosis effectively has enabled me to manage patient issues such as anxiety, dental and needle phobia and severe gag reflex.  The way this works is by altering the patient’s state of mind so that there is an increase in suggestibility – or what is often described as ‘mind over matter’.  The patient is fully in control at all times and knows exactly what they are doing.

Here’s a video testimonial from one of my patients who suffered from severe gag reflex. After helping him overcome this problem, I was able to treat him successfully.