Client Sarah consulted me with a debilitating fear of the dentist, which had prevented her from being able to seek dental treatment at all without general anesthesia. Routine check ups were virtually impossible and Sarah would experience extreme panic.
Sarah tells her story here in her own words and had kindly offered to share her experiences.
"For 10 years I rarely visited the dentist and when I did I suffered severe panic attacks and if any treatment needed doing I needed to be referred to the hospital for general anesthetic.
I had a bad experience as a young child which had caused the fear. For the next 10 years, I rarely visited the dentist, and when I did, I suffered severe panic attacks and if any treatment needed doing I needed to be referred to the hospital for a general anesthetic. I tried other therapies; these had given techniques for while being at the dentist, however with little success (still had severe panic attacks, nightmares leading up to appointment and any treatment still needed to be done while under general anesthetic).
I then decided to give hypnotherapy a go and consulted Claire. My experience with hypnosis was relaxed and informal. The results have been amazing, I had no panic attacks or nightmares and have had regular dentist appointments. I recently had a filling done with the same results - my dentist was amazed and in shock afterward. I'm doing really well I've now had all my treatment at the dentist. The changes for me have been more than at the dentist. I no longer have to block my ears or leave the room if someone talking about dentists!"
I caught up with Sarah three years on from her Hypnotherapy treatment and this is what she had to say -
"The difference in me is amazing. I had a filling at the weekend and was fine and out within 15 minutes. The dentist can't believe the difference."