By dentist Dr. Richard Mitchell
Dental hypnosis is great! I think it is under-estimated and under-used. This partly because it is mis-understood, and I find that hypnosis in general does not have a wonderful public reputation, exactly because of that mis-understanding.
Let me tell you how hypnosis for dental treatment works.
A little background; As a child, I was terrified of visiting the dentist. And I thought I was the only one, because nobody else talked about it much, least of all my parents.
But when I was a teenager, I discovered that my mother had a dental phobia, and she didn't want to talk about it in front of me incase she made me even more frightened than I already was!
BUT here's the hammer - she had gotten some hypnosis a few years before to help her with dentistry, and she could then go along and use self-hypnosis to get herself comfortable before each dental visit! And she never thought to tell ME about this!
I remembered this when I graduated from dental school, and signed up for dental hypnosis courses with The British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis, to learn how to help my own patients. And what I saw and learned on those courses was astounding.
I was amazed at how powerful hypnosis could be for some people. And I was hypnotized myself, as part of the training.
(To experience this yourself, and you're in a hurry, I highly recommend you Google "Hypnosis Downloads - Dental Phobia".)
IF you would like to read more about how you can download hypnosis files and listen to them in the privacy and comfort of your own home, at your own pace, follow this link to Hypnosis downloads explained. You can read all about how this self-hypnosis program works, and go from there to the download site if you wish afterwards.
After completing the courses, I turned up for work at my office bursting with enthusiasm and a desire to show people how great dental hypnosis could be. But my balloon was popped when I came up against patient after patient who claimed to be frightened or terrified or even phobic of dental treatment, but they didn't want anything to do with hypnosis! I was stunned.
At first, I consoled myself with the thoughts that my calm office environment and painless shots were enough for these people to tolerate dental treatment. But I kept wondering why there was so much resistance to dental hypnosis, and after quite some time and a lot of investigation, I found my answer.
FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE, HYPNOSIS HAS A BIT OF AN ODD REPUTATION.
For most people, their only knowledge or experience of hypnosis is from television shows or maybe live shows at a theater. While these shows might be entertaining and amusing, I think they damage the reputation of hypnosis.
What you have seen is this guy up on stage apparently controlling a few people who have stepped up from the audience. He makes them crow like chickens, makes them think they are swimming, or that they are being attacked by birds. We can laugh at their antics on stage.
BUT THIS SORT OF HYPNOSIS HAS ALMOST NOTHING TO DO WITH DENTAL HYPNOSIS.
Here is what hypnosis is REALLY like:
First of all, YOU DO NOT FALL ASLEEP. AT NO TIME.
I have been hypnotized myself many times. Here is what it is like;
You just relaxed enough that the person could make some suggestions to you, that you then accepted. BUT he is talking to your unconscious mind, while your conscious mind is doing something else. In a nutshell, that's hypnosis.
You never really "fall asleep". You always feel like you're sitting there all comfortable, while this guy drones on about relaxing.
BUT at some point he will make some suggestions about, for example, feeling comfortable with the idea of visiting a dental office. He may even take you through a mental journey to the dental office, suggesting at each point of the way that you are relaxed and happy to be there.
Here's the clever bit; he will then (usually) suggest that this journey was real, but that you don't need to remember it. Your UNCONSCIOUS mind will remember it for you. And so afterwards you don't remember the "mental journey" to the dental office. All you know is, you didn't "fall asleep" and you can't recall the guy talking about dentistry at all. It seems a little weird, but that's how it works!!
IMPORTANT POINT; for anyone concerned about a hypnotist making improper suggestions, there's no need to worry. This whole process is about making SUGGESTIONS that are ACCEPTABLE to you. If he asked you to take off all your clothes, you would find that improper or unacceptable, and you would just open your eyes and refuse!
Remember, AT NO POINT ARE YOU ASLEEP! You always know what's going on, and only accept suggestions that are reasonable. You cannot be made to do anything that you would find unacceptable.
SO, where do you go to get some hypnosis? For most people, you can do this at home using self-hypnosis downloads. All you have to do is find a suitable hypnosis website with download resources, get the download, and then go somewhere quiet for 20 minutes and listen to it. SIMPLE!
I have checked out a lot of hypnosis websites, and by far my favorite is Hypnosis Downloads. They have a huge range of hypnosis downloads, including dental phobias, and their content is first-class. You can search their entire library with the tool below;
If you want the DENTAL PHOBIA hypnosis download, go to Hypnosis Downloads - Dental Phobia.
The company is run by qualified and experienced hypnotherapists, and I have used some of their products myself.
My top recommendation for dental hypnosis!
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