HANDS up who likes going to the dentist? Actually there are some people who do but the majority of people find it challenging, with about 20 per cent of adults suffering from a full-on dental phobia.
Dental phobias stem from a variety of sources like bad experiences in the past, embarrassment of neglected teeth, stories told by others, fear of panicking in front of people, fear of losing control or of choking. They can be so all consuming that some people avoid the dentist for decades, with the phobia leaving a shambles of painful crumbling teeth in its wake.
Hypnosis is one way of tackling a dental phobia. People are often sceptical of hypnosis as they are concerned that it’s like ‘stage’ hypnosis; however it’s impossible to hypnotise someone against their will. As long as it’s used by a responsible professional there should be no concerns regarding safety.