Dentophobia Therapy in Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Dentophobia is the Fear of Dentists or more accurately fear of dental treatment. It is a very common phobia and is almost always due to negative childhood experiences in the dentist’s chair, despite the fact that most modern dentistry techniques are virtually pain-free.
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Dentophobia can lead to associated health problems if you avoid having your dental health managed properly.
All phobias are, by definition, irrational, but regardless of what the feared object or circumstances are, phobic beliefs also produce real feelings of Anxiety and Stress for the sufferer, and Dentophobia is no different in this sense.
Whilst the feared object or situation may seem, to other people, to be ‘ridiculous’ or ‘silly’, the person who suffers from Dentophobia knows only too well that the Anxiety that they experience is real and is having a detrimental impact on their life.
We completely understand this here at Wolverhampton Hypnotherapy and will treat you and your fear of Dentists seriously.
For many years Psychologists have been aware that our minds are more than capable of producing a real biological reaction to any given situation and so as long as the Dentophobia sufferer “believes” that the object or situation they fear represents danger to them, then they will experience real fear.
The majority of people who do suffer with Dentophobia recognise that their fear is “irrational” but continue to experience it regardless of this knowledge. This is why simply being told to “snap out of it” rarely produces a solution!
The symptoms of Dentophobia are very similar to other specific phobias and will often include:
- Avoid visiting the dentist
- Often attempt to remove teeth without proper medical care
- Panic attacks
- Inability to Relax
- Feelings of dizziness
- Prickly sensations
- Aches & pains
- Dry and Sticky mouth
- Sweating Excessively
Dentophobia Symptoms are generally automatic and uncontrollable and can seem to take over a person’s thoughts which frequently leads to extreme measures being taken to avoid the feared object or situation, what are known as “Safety” or “Avoidance” behaviours.
Unfortunately, for the sufferer, these safety behaviours have a paradoxical effect and actually reinforce the phobia rather than solve it!
The fear of Dentists may be the result of negative emotional experiences that can be either directly or indirectly linked to the object or situational fear.
Over time, the symptoms often become “normalised” and “accepted” as limiting beliefs in that person’s life – “I’ve learnt to live with it.”
In just as many cases, Dentophobia may have become worse over time as more and more sophisticated safety behaviours and routines are developed.
The good news is that the vast majority of people who suffer from the fear of Dentists will find a course of Psychological Therapy helps enormously.
Wolverhampton Hypnotherapy is able to offer a wide range of different psychological treatments for Dentophobia including both ‘cognitive’ (thinking) based talking therapies as well as therapies based on ’emotional’ content such as Hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy for Dentophobia
– Clinical Hypnotherapy can be useful in helping people to locate and then use many of their own inner strengths and resources to combat the problems associated with Dentophobia. In this respect, hypnotherapy helps a person to ‘help themselves’ in very much the same way as other therapeutic approaches. Joan also offers Hypnoanalysis (hypnosis combined with psychoanalytical therapy) which is still considered by many psycho-dynamic therapists as the ‘gold standard’ for totally removing the causes of psychological problems.
– therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and BWRT (Brain Working Recursive Therapy) tend to regard the symptoms of Dentophobia as being due to ‘unhelpful thinking styles’ or patterns of thinking that directly ‘create’ the ‘feelings’ of anxiety and stress when encountering the phobic object or situation. These types of therapy are often referred to as ‘brief’ or ‘directive’ therapies and tend to focus on the thinking that is occurring ‘now’ rather than as the result of a ‘past experience’ and will often only require 4 to 10 sessions depending on the ‘severity’ of your phobia.
This relationship between thinking (cognition) and feelings (behaviour) is the central pillar of these types of therapy and is supported by a substantial body of scientific evidence.
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Confidential Initial Consultations for Dentophobia
We offer all prospective clients a Confidential initial assessment to chat about your fear of Dentists.
During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
At Wolverhampton Hypnotherapy we understand the importance of the therapeutic relationship and so place a great emphasis on being able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help.
Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking therapy with us, including both the financial, work-load and personal implications.
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