Hypno-what??? HypnoDontics. The application of hypnosis for Dentistry.
Let me tell you a story...are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin. My first memory of the dentist was when I was around 5 years old and I needed a tooth out. All I can remember is this horrendous rubber-smelling mask coming at me from nowhere and then I woke up with a mouthful of blood.
My next 'encounter' with dentists was when I was 12 - I was in a local swimming pool with a friend, I was doing a handstand in the shallow end of the pool (what can I say, it seemed a good idea at the time) and some large chap decided to dive in near me. I got caught off balance, lost my grip on my arms, and my face hit the bottom of the pool. I lost half of one of my front teeth. I was so upset that I didnt speak for 2 hours and wouldnt open my mouth. When I eventually did and my mother saw what had happened she booked me into the school dentist. He was awful - think portacabin in the school playground and a bloke that hates kids.
I was given a 'temporary' cap on my broken tooth. This lasted 15 years because I was so terrified of dentists I refused to go and get it sorted.
Happily for me 15 years later I did get it sorted and I cried when I saw the end result.
Now I have kids myself and the last thing I want is for them to see me terrified of the dentist. Luckily dentists also seem a LOT more personable than they were 20 or 30 years ago.
However there are still a lot of people who are scared of the dentist and won't go because they think it will hurt.
Sure, some dentistry can be painful - root canal anyone? But that's where HypnoDontics comes in.
HypnoDontics can be used to:
- treat anxiety
- induce relaxation
- reduce bleeding and recovery time after procedures
- remove Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- reduce the need for chemical analgesia or anaethesia
- reduce effects of oral appliances such as braces
- and more!
It has been successfully used for over 100 years in medical and dentistry and there are numerous scientific studies proving its effectiveness going back to the 1960's when Dave Elman (an eminent hypnotherapist) used it to successfully treat hospital and dentist patients. In fact he was so successful that he had clients who had full medical operations solely using hypnosis to induce complete anaesthesia.
Its a little ironic that the girl who couldnt even SAY the word dentist for DECADES is now in a place where I can help others.
If you are a Dental Practice and would like to find out more about how I can help your patients feel more comfortable, more relaxed and become better patients - or you would like to overcome your fear of going to the dentists please contact me for more information.
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