Hypnosis for Dental Phobia Release

Hypnosis for Dental Phobia

A visit to the dentist can often trigger dental phobia, a severe apprehension resulting in anxiety attacks.

When a person suffers from a “Dental Phobia” (debilitating fear) the resulting psychological and physiological reactions make dental treatments difficult or impossible.

Hypnosis is being used more in recent years as an alternative to sedation or anesthetic, as medications are often associated with risks and side effects.

A recent study was conducted to measure the effects of a brief dental hypnosis on the fear-processing structures of the brain using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

Highlights

•  First study of hypnosis on brain plasticity changes in patients with dental phobia.
•  Using fMRI, phobic videos/neutral stimuli under hypnosis and awake state were applied.
•  Significantly reduced activation in dental phobics under hypnosis (left amygdala/bilateral ACC/insula/hippocampus).
•  Hypnosis: Powerful method inhibiting reaction of fear circuitry structures in dental phobics.

The findings show, that anxiety related to procedures, such as dental surgery, endodontic treatments or insufficient anesthetics, were reduced under hypnosis.

The study gives scientific evidence, that hypnosis is a powerful and successful method, for reducing fear as documented by the MRI results.

Emotional Needs and Hypnosis

Emotional Needs and Hypnosis

The most basic requirement for a happy, fulfilled life is to ensure our emotional needs are being met.  

If our emotional needs are not being met appropriately, we will seek alternative ways to have them met. Sometimes those alternative solutions can be detrimental to our physical and emotional well being.  Smoking, Alcohol, Drugs are examples of substitute behaviors which can lead to greater problems, rather than a solution.

Happiness must come from within to be effective, and hypnotherapy helps by replacing negative thoughts and feelings with positive suggestions on how to meet those needs internally. This is an exciting part of personal development because it empowers us to find happiness.

Instead of focussing on what is “wrong”, we can ask, “What emotional needs are not being met?” According to Maslow, if you’re dealing with a condition such as depression, anxiety, or addiction, it’s because one of your fundamental needs is not being met.

The 9 basic needs can be defined as follows:

  1. Security: We need Safety and security allow us to lead our lives without experiencing undue fear and to develop our potential.
  2. Volition: We need to feel powerful and to exist autonomously and be able to direct our own lives.
  3. Attention: We need attention from others and the ability to give attention in return.
  4. Emotional connection: We need to feel connected to other people and to experience friendship, love, and intimacy.
  5. Connection to the wider community: We need to be social and feel connected to something other than ourselves.
  6. Privacy: We need to have time and space to reflect on and learn from our experiences.
  7. A sense of status: We need to have a sense of value, within groups we are part of.
  8. A sense of achievement: We need to feel we are accomplishing things of value.
  9. Meaning: We need to have a sense that we’re part of something greater than ourselves.

A single issue or problem may be the result of multiple needs not being met, which will require more than one solution. 

Our initial goal, therefore, is to learn which need is not being met to the level required and is the primary cause of the issue. Once identified, it can be addressed directly. Identifying the needs which are not being met, or are being met inappropriately, will assist in planning the hypnotherapy to resolve that issue.

While each of us has different levels of needs, we all have the same nine basic needs required for happiness and satisfaction. Each need has a baseline level and which must be met. One person may be very happy spending most of their time, without interaction with other people, while someone else finds it very difficult to be alone and may become depressed, feeling they have no friends and have no value to anyone. 

The key to planning an effective hypnotherapy session is to identify the missing needs AND the degree to which those needs are not being met and then develop a program that will address those needs specifically.

Happiness is within each of us … Awaken Your Potential! 

 

Allan D Curtis

Self Hypnosis What is it?

Self Hypnosis

If you think, you have never experienced hypnosis, think back to the last time you were driving a long distance road trip.

Was it a familiar road?

Do you recall periods, during that trip, where you seemed to go into autopilot mode?

This is a common phenomenon, where your subconscious brain takes over.

You already know the route, so there is no conscious thinking involved.

If you experienced this, you have experienced a form of self-hypnosis.

What is Self-Hypnosis

Self-hypnosis is similar to guided meditation

  • Both are practiced in a quiet place, usually alone.
  • They require you to relax and enter a deep state of relaxation and focused concentration.
  • You will remain alert and aware of what is happening but in a relaxed and calm state

Self-hypnosis is focussed on an outcome

  • Each hypnosis session usually has a goal or outcome such as calming anxiety, reducing stress, weight loss, etc.
  • You can tie affirmations into your self-hypnosis process.
  • The goals should be addressed by the dialog in the hypnosis process.

You need to strengthen your belief.

  • You may have a difficult time being hypnotized unless you believe in it.
  • Without trust, self-hypnosis is unlikely to be effective.
  • You may get into a relaxed state, however, this is not the same as hypnosis.
  • Believing in the practice is essential for you to benefit from hypnosis.

Make sure you have adequate time to devote to hypnosis

  • The amount of time required will vary somewhat, depending on the individual.
  • You should allocate at least one hour for your sessions, with no interruptions or disturbances.
  • If you don’t have that hour, reschedule your session, as a partial or interrupted hypnosis session will not provide the benefit desired.

Proper breathing contributes to the process

  • Deep breathing and focused attention on breathing helps you to relax and calm the mind.
  • Affirmations can be verbalized as you are breathing in … as in, taking in the affirmation.
  • You may wish to state the affirmation as you breathe out,  so that you can say the affirmation out loud
  • Saying the affirmations will help solidify your commitment.

Bear in mind that affirmations are not required for self-hypnosis.

  • Affirmations are said over and over again, they are not required for self-hypnosis, they are optional
  • In self-hypnosis, you can have a number of scripts and switch between different goals, as often as you like.

Most Professional Hypnotists have training programs to teach their clients how to use Self-Hypnosis to better their lives.