It is estimated that approximately 45% to 59% of all patients going for dental treatment will show symptoms of anxiety either at the dentists or even prior to entering the dental environment. For some these symptoms are severe and will be a full phobia that will lead to avoidance of dental treatment resulting in deterioration to the patient’s dental health.
Dental phobias can be learnt or can result from prior bad experience. They are characterised by a fear of the dentist or of some aspect of dentistry. In severe cases the patient will be unable to look at pictures of teeth or unable to walk down a road that contains a dental surgery.
Statistics show that approximately 5.5 million people in the UK suffer from dental phobia (1).
Hypnotherapy for Dental Phobia
Hypnosis is acknowledged as an effective intervention in the treatment of dental anxieties and phobia (2). It is also an effective intervention for other dental problems as well as helping patients to comply with dental health recommendations.
If you find that your fears about
- Drill Sounds
- Dentist Surgery Smells
are getting in the way of visiting the dentist on a regular basis then do get in touch to see how you can learn to feel far more relaxed and comfortable at the dentists.
1. Kelly M, Steele J, Nuttall N, Bradnock G, Morris J, Nunn J, Pine C, Pitts N, Treasure E and White D (1998) Adult Dental Health Survey. Oral Health in the United Kingdom 1998 The Stationary Office
2. Patel B, Potter C and Mellor AC (2000) The use of hypnosis in dentistry: a review Dental Update 27(4) 198-202