Clinical Hypnotherapy and EMDR can help in several aspects of dentistry. Dentistry has come a long way over the years. New treatments and anaesthetics, far more pleasant and sedate dental surgeries and waiting areas have been introduced. Yet, for some people, a visit to the dentist, or even the prospect of a visit to the dentist causes feelings of deep anxiety even panic. A result of this could be dental decay and gum disease leading to unnecessary tooth loss and pain, possibly even to very serious jaw complications. If this is you, it is important that you seek help with dental treatment in order to avoid future health problems, hypnosis can offer considerable help, both in terms of reducing anxiety and in control of discomfort. I know that you may find it difficult to imagine being able to receive dental treatment with little or no anxiety; but it can happen - do you want to be comfortable at the dentist, do you want to be happy with your teeth, do you want to call me ?
Modern dental treatment does not cause patients much, if any discomfort due to very good local anæsthetics. For some people the administration of the anæsthetic by syringe is a problem. In these cases, treatment for needle phobia to allow the administration of anæsthetic or pain control can be used to allow pain control without chemical anæsthesia.
A common problem is bruxism (unconscious grinding of teeth) that causes severe wear or fracture of teeth and can also lead to serious jaw problems by causing excess wear on the temperomandibular joint; its effects are well known to all dentists. If you think you grind your teeth, particularly at night or wake with a sore/tired jaw, or your jaw clicks when you yawn or eat, mention it to your dentist and ask for an opinion. You may be offered a shield to protect your teeth but the underlying cause should be addressed; Clinical Hypnotherapy, sometimes in association with EMDR, is an effective treatment for bruxism and can help with any underlying problem that may be causing it to occur.
Article about teeth grinding in The Telegraph