Pat was so afraid of going to the dentist that, as a last resort, she decided to try hypnosis.
Even after taking both Valium, and gas she would lock on to the arms of the dental chair with a white knuckled grip. It all started when a dentist had yelled at her when she was a little girl, he scared her so much that she had needed drugs to sit in a dentist’s chair ever since.
As is most commonly the case, it was totally unnecessary for Pat to remember how it all started for her to release her fears. She hasn’t needed any drugs to get dental work since her first and only hypnosis session.
Pat has cottage on a Florida beach, which includes her “paradise patio” complete with ocean view. I taught herself hypnosis so she could enter hypnosis on her own. Once hypnotized she could mentally visit her “paradise port” in vivid detail. She realized that she could go to and fully enjoy “paradise port” whenever she needed to hold comfortably still for a dental or medical procedure.
At Pat’s next dental visit she sat with her hands in her lap, and used no drugs or gas while the dentist did his work. The dentist was stunned. And, Pat was having a lovely time at the beach, looking out over the waves, enjoying the soothing sounds of the surf, and experiencing the gentle caress of the sea breeze.
Of course, different fears may require different hypnotic techniques. For example, someone with a fear of snakes would be ill advised to go on a mental vacation every time he or she sees one. Cautiously and calmly avoiding the snake is a much safer reaction.