Saturday, 11 February 2012
Having overcome my phobia of going to the dentist in 1999 I don't bother to give myself any therapy if I'm only going for a check up. On the 25th of January, however, I had to go for a filling so in the 2 or 3 days beforehand I had a few self-hypnosis sessions and used EFT (the Emotional Freedom Technique) a few times as well as I felt a bit nervous about it. From the chart they showed me I thought I was going for a small filling in one of the molars in my lower right jaw. But what I thought would be a 10 minute job turned into a major production as the whole thing seemed to take ages and the dentist kept switching between 2 or perhaps, 3 different drills. One of these felt very harsh and grinding and she seemed to hollow out the whole tooth. When she drilled deep into the tooth it was painful too despite having had an anaesthetic. When it was finally all over I was able to sit up and smile and chat with her. It felt amazing to me that I was virtually unphased by the experience. If it had happened to anyone else or to me before I overcame my phobia in 1999 I think the experience would have been traumatic to say the least. I therefore cannot recommend highly enough that my readers learn self-hypnosis, ideally from my book "Stress Free Dentistry. The easy way to overcome your fear of going to the dentist". It's available at http://www.lulu.com/ . I also recommend getting the DVD The Tapping Solution, about EFT, and the EFT Handbook 2nd edition by Gary Craig. Both are available on Amazon. Remember, there is no need to suffer with any phobia. Get some help or help yourself.