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How to Overcome Fear of Doctors – Cure For Phobia of Doctors

People fear doctors because of an underwriting anxiety about disease and, extremely, death. Rationalally, they are aware that the doctor is a medical professional, that his or her job is to prevent disease and death – not cause them. Yet, panic and phobia do not operate upon rational principles. Doctors remind people of the threat of disease, and, for some, that association is enough. Others are afraid of having to stay at the hospital, or having to undergo complicated and invasive medical procedures, such as surgery. As far as these peoples' unconscious minds are concerned, the mere act of visiting a doctor – rather than actual illness – is what “causes” surgeries and hospitals. The people know that this is an inaccurate picture of reality, yet often their fear, or even phobia, of doctors persists.

The Consequences of Fear

This dread of visiting the doctor can have recourse, or even tragic, consequences. Those who are anxious about visiting medical professionals will often neglect to get regular checksups. People with serious doctor phobias will even find reasons to avoid visiting the doctor when there are plain symptoms of illness. They will tell them that they are “fine,” that that growing lump on their shoulder is nothing to worry about. Tragedy can strike if these people continue to avoid the doctor while the lump grows to the size of a baby's head. When their friends and family finally drag them in for medical attention and discover that the lump is a now-inoperable tumor, the situation is twice tragic because it could have been avoided.

Impact Beyond Onself

One of the biggest problems with phobias is that they can be passed on through the generations. Offspring can inherit their parents' unhelpful attitude towards the medical establishment at an impressionable age. Children are very sensitive to subtle cues in their parents behavior. Even if the parent does not say anything, children can pick up on their parents' distrust of doctors – and start acting on that distrust.

Do not Fear Doctors A Moment Longer

The fact is, doctor phobia – irrational though as it is – is far from harmless. No doubt, it seems easier not to deal with one's anxieties. After all, if you suffer from doctor phobia, the immediate effect of ceasing to see the doctor is greater peace of mind. But that peace of mind is an illusion. It is an illusion from which it is your moral duty – to yourself, and to your children – to break free.

NLP And Hypnotherapy Root Out Phobias

Unfortunately, if you have a truly entrenched fear, merely confronting the object of your fear (ie going to the doctor) is not enough to rid yourself of the fear. If you find the prospect of visiting the doctor unbearable, you're probably simply able to go through the agony of visiting one time after time. The source of your doctor phobia absolutely does not lie with your medical practitioners; it lies in your unconscious mind. Fortunately, the psychological techniques of NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) and hypnotherapy address your fears at their unconscious source, ensuring that you'll never have to fear doctors again.

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Phobias and Anxiety – How to Overcome Them

“With your thoughts you create your world” said the Buddha. I did not realize the depth of truth in this statement until experiencing it first hand in my life. You have always heard people tell you to be positive. Well, the condition of anxiety and social phobia was something that had developed through years of negative reinforcement. I was negative towards myself to the point that self-bullying had become a passing subconscious feeling: “What is wrong with you?” Egypt “You are stupid” or the expectation to fail in everything. It was also towards others -thinking everyone wanted to wrong me – like I was a universal bulls eye and purpose of creation was to humiliate me. The negativity oozed out into social situations where I felt everyone was looking at and judging me negatively. This led to avoidance of social situations and reinforced the belief of negative jurisdiction by others, which eventually developed into a phobia. The extent of this phobia was severe. It was difficult to even do small tasks around another person. Everyday life was literally hell. Standing in queues to buy groceries was impossible. Even sitting at home, I would be gripped by anxiety as the mind anticipated situations it dreaded. There is no need to go into details of life as a phobic. If you are reading this I assume you have some experience or knowledge it.

Fear is like a prison where the prison cell keeps shrinking. Avoidance of situations puts restrictions on life and fear starts creeping in other situations until living a normal life becomes very difficult. It is like a python that takes your life with every breath. A change was needed – not because I had grand ideas of improving myself or becoming a better person – but because it was no longer possible to survive with this debilitating condition.

A realization came that all phobias have the same pattern. A full-blown panic attack starts when a 'mental barrier' is crossed. The panic is felt because the mind believes it is trapped and there is danger . Of course, it is natural to panic when you believe there is no escape from an impending danger. Panic is body's preparation for physical confrontation or for running away – what science calls the 'fight or flight' response. The thing is that every time you avoid or run away from a situation, the negative belief strengnthens. This makes it more difficult to deal with the same situation next time and explains the increasing hold of fear on life. So, how do you change this? It is quite difficult to change your belief system overnight. Even though you know there is no danger, still you believe it is there. You need to weak negative beliefs by reversing the process that makes them strong – ie stop avoiding and running away . That's it! Face your fears! How many times have we heard that? It is that simple. I know this is easier said than done but there is a strategy you can use to do this.

Firstly we need to understand what fear does. When you cross the mental barrier (“point of no return” – usually characterized by catastrophic thinking like: “oh God! It's happening again”) and believe you are trapped and in danger, there seem to be three major physical symptoms that make it increasingly difficult to stay in the situation:

  • Holding of breath
  • Tensing the body
  • Hurrying out of the situation

These symptoms are reflexive in nature. This means fear causes them and they in turn increase fear – which means the panic gets out of hand pretty quickly. Remember our goal is to face the situation through to end. So if we are to stay put in the situation, we need to work to mitigate the symptoms. This means:

  • Keep breathing – no matter how it comes out, keep taking in oxygen.
  • Instead of tensing let the tremors come – let the body shake / tremors come freely. I am sure you are familiar with tremors associated with panic. Give them freedom to express themselves! You probably think everyone notices them. You might be surprised but most people are lost in their own thoughts and hard notice these things. It is very hard to notice when someone is having a panic attack. This is a fact.
  • Slow down – act / speak slowly and say to yourself “I can stay in this situation forever”. You are not trying to hurry. If you are, you are still avoiding the situation and reacting to fearful thoughts.

Notice the positive self-affirmation we use here – “I can stay like this forever”. You can use others through the process. Here are two more I frequently use:

  • 'There is only discomfort – I am safe'
  • “I have all the time in the world”

Obviously keep these statements short, as it is easier to say them when in the middle of a panic attack. These statements have a subconscious effect that might not be visible straight away. As you practice the method and become calmer in situations, you will see the statements passing through your mind without effort and the calming effect will become more visible. There is another important thing you need to know. People who have a phobia usually believe that anxiety escalation in a panic attack is limitless. Reality is not quite the same (it might come to you as a shock). Panic attack does have an end – your mind will calm down . As you face the situation, you will see anxiety levels rise. But, if you stay in it for a while, you will see them fall back down again. You will become calmer and focused. However, this usually happens in waves – the anxiety goes up, then down, then up again and so on. Remember you are up against beliefs with a deep subconscious penetration. As you face a situation properly, your mind initially calms down but then maybe rise again (sometimes within a few seconds). You should follow the method again until you are out of the situation (without hurrying – take your time).

Do not be discouraged if you 'feel' it is not working. This is your negative attitude at work. Try to keep a positive outlook as much as possible (I totally understand this is quite difficult sometimes). It will take time and you can not expect overnight results. You have to unravel years of negativity. When you try this at first, you might feel quite exhausted and physically and mentally stressed. It may seem you feel worse than you did before. This is a very important and necessary part of the process and we will come to it in a while. To give you some perspective, I have been practicing the method for over a year now and actually did not start seeing major results until the eighth month! However at this moment in time, I am at a stage where I feel comfortable with my life. Everyday tasks do not seem daunting and I do not feel like a prisoner. Obviously, there are still certain situations that I dread but I am taking steps to face these and do not feel afraid to be afraid (if you know what I mean). The bottom line is, progress will most likely be non-linear – meaning you might not see results for some time but then you see a burst of progress. For eg over the last year, my fear of eating with my colleagues in the canteen at work did not improve. I always felt anxious and dreaded while walking to the canteen. It appeared there was no progress. Surely, I should have made some in one year! However, after 14 months, one day, I was no longer afraid! The anxiety went away! To be honest, there are still episodes when I get a flash of anxiety. But I am sure this will go with time. Non-linear progress also means difficult situations you thought you had overcome, come back and haunt you again. This is perfectly OK and natural. Remember, you are facing your subconscious beliefs. They are engrained deep in your mind and it takes some doing and time to transform them completely. However it will not take a lifetime to get to a point where you feel your life has transformed. Have patience and face your fears – it will come. Believe me, once you break through one mental barrier, you will get hooked. When you gain a particular situation and stand calmly while in it, you will feel indescribable joy. It's like a bird freed from a cage.

Let consider the stressful state experienced immediately after confrontation a challenging situation. What is that all about? To understand this, you need to realize that the mind suppresses memories / emotions from a traumatic experience that are too painful. In order to protect itself from feeling them, it develops mental barriers against similar situations. The phobia is a result of this. Now when you break this barrier and face fear, these memories are released into your consciousness. This manifests itself as stress. The stress needs to be felt and underlining emotion expressed – whatever that may be. So go into a room and make sure that no one disturbs you. Be comfortable, take a few deep breaths and let go of your mind. If you feel sad – then cry. If you feel angry then visualise screaming at who / whatever situation that comes to mind. Practice deep breathing (see below) in between screams. The aim is to let go of yourself and the mind so memories can be assimilated, emotions felt and expressed and acceptance can be achieved. These are few exercises I use to 'clean' the mind:

  • Deep Breathing: In-breath needs to be as deep as it can go and held to a count of 3. Then released with slow out-breath. Repeat a number of times. After few moments, you will feel relaxed.
  • Visualising: Imagine the situation of fear that has 'upset the system'. Feel objects in your imagination (this makes exercise more real) for eg feet touching ground or coldness of air or hand holding the grocery basket. Now, feel the anxiety you felt (this should be fresh enough in your mind as you are still feeling its after-effects). Let out the anxiety eg mentally scream (hear your sound and the people being shocked / scared – I even imagine windows blowing up – more powerful the scream or action is, the heavier the bulk of emotions that are released). Sometimes I imagine picking up a car (with my bare hands!) And throwing them 100/200 metres! Not physically possible, but the result is amazing! Especially as the car hits the ground. I feel a release – characterized by a very deep in-breath followed by a slow long out-breath where you feel the tension flowing out.

These techniques should bring back your composition and peace of mind after the initial hectic shock to your system.

I believe this method can be used not only to cure phobia but also in other things. We can now begin to understand that negative behavior patterns (apart from fear) can be seen as a 'mental barrier' that the mind develops in order to suppress painful emotions. For eg a boy who was bullied at young age, becomes a bully. The mind creates a barrier by placing itself in the role of a bully rather than the victim to keep unresolved memories suppressed. The urge to be a bully is very strong and hard to resist. He does not want to accept himself as a victim. If he realizes this and overcomes the 'barrier' (by changing his behavior – ie not being a bully), he will release those painful memories. As he comes out of denial of his emotions, realization comes, then expression of the feelings and then acceptance. Every time you free yourself from an issue or undo an emotional knot, you will notice an automatic change in your behavior – it becomes more positive – without effort. As you express hidden emotions, the mind no longer needs to impriminate itself behind barriers – resulting in passive positivity. If by getting over one hurdle you feel such liberation and change in life, just imagine what level you might reach with lifetime of practice – there is no limit! Remember, behind all negative behavior, there are hidden unresolved issues screaming to be resolved. Be negative and your life will become miserable. Free yourself and you will become positive effortlessly!

Rumi says: “Your task is not to look for love but to look for and remove all the barriers you have created against it”

Good Luck!

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Fear of Insects – How to Overcome Phobia of Insects Easily

People have an instinctive fear of insects. There's an evolutionary reason for this. Our bodies recoil at the sensation of tiny legs swarming over them, or tiny probosci feeling our skin. If they did not we had long died out. The human race would have succumbed to innumerable insect-borne illnesses. One of the evolutionary functions of bugs is to help spread small organizations. Bugs are the number one carriers of infection in the world.

Aversion Turns To Phobia

However, for many people, trouble begins when their natural aversion to creepy crawlers turns into a full-blown phobia of insects. A phobia is an intense, pervasive, irrational reaction of panic in response to a particular trigger or stimulus (in this case, bugs). People who suffer from this kind of reaction to little critters that fly and crawl find themselves leading lives of terror. For these unfortunate individuals, picnics pr relaxing walks through the woods are often ruined by the sight of harmless bumblebees. For these people, there are not any quiet days of reading at home – not if they see a spider making a web in some out-of-the-way corner.

Fear Ruins Lives

In extreme cases, people who suffer from insect phobia refuse to go outside alike, for fear of encountering the looped creatures. Others find themselves unable to go to sleep, as insects will begin to haunt their nightmares. Some people are so consumed by their fears that they imagine that insects are crawling all over their bodies the moment they lie down in their beds. This is a phenomenon known as formication (from the Latin root for the word “ant”). There have been reports of emergency room patients who have shredded their own skin to ribbons, trying to scratch away at imaginary bugs.

You must seek help. If you have an irrational terror of bugs, do not let it progress to this point. Fortunately, there are a number of techniques out there that can help you reduce (or even altogether cure) your phobia.

Cure Your Fear Of Insects With NLP And Hypnotherapy

Among the most powerful techniques to overcome your phobia are hypnotherapy and NLP (which stands for “neuro-linguistic programming”). These powerful, irrational errors often work like a simple computer program, embedded deep within your mind. Ordinary, conscious thought processes (such as when you're saying, trying to figure out what you think of a novel you just read) work in a complicated way. Each conscious thought process is a different and unique progress of thoughts and neurological impulses. By contrast, irrational phobic reactions are typically comprised of just one pattern of thought, repeated each time you see whatever triggers the phobic reaction.

What You Will Learn

NLP can teach you to recognize the unconscious pattern of thought that leads to fear. The NLP therapist doesnt care why you think this way. He or she only cares about teaching you to recognize these thoughts. Having learned to do this, you can learn to use a combination of NLP and hypnotherapy techniques to replace these unproductive, irrational fearful thoughts with more rational ones. In this way, these powerful techniques can help you conquer your fear of insects and begin to lead a normal life.

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Fear of Snakes – How to Overcome Phobia of Snakes Easily

Many people harbor fears of snakes. There are obvious reasons for this. These reptiles are well-known for the deadly venom of their bite. Although most species of snake do not have a poisonous bite, the ones that do have effectively determined snakes' overall reputation. In addition to their bite, many snakes have a frightening style of motion. They can move stealthily and low to the ground; they can strike their prey suddenly, without any warning. Furthermore, snakes have facial characteristics that many people fear. Their beady eyes and fixed grins appear utterly inhuman. Their dry and scaly skins also contribute to many people's phobias.

When Fear Is A Problem

In urban areas of the US and UK, people with severe snake phobia can lead normal lives most of the time. They are inadvertently to encounter the scaly creatures outside of zoos, pet stores, and, sometimes, friends' houses. However, what if someone who is afraid of these reptiles has to, or desires to be, in an environment where he or she is likely to encounter snakes? A classic example of this is in the Indiana Jones movies. The life of the title character would have been significantly easier if he did not harbor a phobia of snakes.

One real-life situation in which it would be problematic to be afraid of these animals is hiking. People who fear the snake must refrain from hiking in some of the most scenic parts of California. In fact, crawling reptiles inhabit most of the wilderness areas of North America. In short, anyone who aspires to spending a large portion of his or her life exploring the outdoors would be severely hampered by an undue fear of serpents.

How People Have Dealt With The Fear Of Snakes

Most people are afraid of slithering serpents to some extent. Historically, those who fears of serpents have adjusted to severe phobia (as well as those exhibiting a typical degree of nervousness around the creatures, who simply wanted to become more comfortable around them), have tried to overcome their fear by exposing themselves to different varieties of snake. There are classes on how to properly handle gentle garden snakes, pythons, and even poisonous rattlesnakes and pit vipers. However, some people just seem to have a mental block, or an instinctive reaction, that causes them to panic every time they so much as see a snake. For these people, know amount of animal handling knowledge seems to help. A snake-handling class might only traumatize them more, especially if they panic and cause an incident.

NLP Is A Possible Solution

One often-overlooked solution for conquering irrational fears, including an excess reaction to slithering reptiles, is NLP (neuro-linguistic programming). NLP is an excellent way to change one's conditioned responses, which most phobias are considered to be. With NLP, you'll learn to recognize the extremely predictable thinking patterns that lead to your fear. Then, you'll be able to change those thought patterns, and re-train yourself. Many of the most effective therapists use a combination of NLP and hypnosis techniques to change clients' reaction of fear into one of calmness and confidence. In this way, clients overcome their fears of snakes surprisingly quickly.

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Fear of Wasps – How to Overcome Phobia of Wasps Easily

Many people suffer from the fear of wasps, hornets, yellowjackets, bumble bees and other winged insects of the order hymenoptera (ie insects with transparent wings). The reason for this is that this order of insects has a fearsome reputation. Wasps and many bees have a painful sting, and many people have been surprised as children by painful bites. Some are allergic to the wasp sting. In this case, their wasp phobia is reasonable, as the wasp can threaten their lives. However, there are many more people who are not allergic to wasps, yet still start screaming and running for their lives whenever any kind of buzzing, flying insect appears in their vicinity. This reaction is out of proportion to the actual threat the wasp or hornet presents to them.

Wasp Phobia

The Latin word to describe this irrational, excess terror of wasps is spheksophobia. Unless you're actually allergic to the venom of hornets, yellowjackets, or bees, this unnecessary fear will strictly interfere with your life, especially if you plan to spend any time outdoors during the spring and summer months. The fact is, most common varieties of wasp will not sting you unprovoked. The only way they'd be likely to sting you is if you directly attacked them, or their nest. Indeed, spheksophobia can even increase your chances of getting stung. If a bee or wasp lands on you and you panic and jerk your limbs around, the insect may panic as well – and sting you.

Causes Of Extreme Spheksophobia

What makes some people react in extreme ways to the sight of wasps, without being allergic to these insects? The phobia can have any number of causes. One of the most common is, of course, having been stung by a bee, wasp, or hornet as a child. What can make these early experiences so traumatic is how sudden and surprising bee and wasp stains often are. Most people who get stung do so because they're accidently disturbed the flying creature – for example, by unintentionally stepping on one while running barefoot through the grass. Others develop these fears because of repeated, emphatic warnings from parents or guardians.

Effective Techniques To Stop Fear Of Wasps

Whatever the cause, the fear, itself, tends to follow a predictable pattern in most individuals. This means that victims of this phobia respond well to treatments that involve mental re-conditioning, such as hypnotherapy and NLP (neuro-linguistic programming). These techniques teach victims to analyze and discover for themselves the harmful thoughts patterns they wish to change.

Because the terror of a phobic person tends to a predictable pattern, these patterns can be recognized and changed. Think of how Pavlov's dogs learned to “instinctively” salivate at the sound of a bell, despite the fact that they were born with no such instinct. Similarly, using a combination of NLP and hypnotherapy, you can learn to “instinctively” experience calm awareness in response to wasps (despite the fact that your “natural” reaction had previously been total panic). In this way, you can use potent psychological techniques to quell your fear of wasps.

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Cure the Fear of Eating Out – Overcome Phobia of Eating in Public

People who fear eating out are more common than you'd think. Perhaps you are one of them. After all, in our society eating in restaurants is considered to be a basic social activity. Eating together is the glue that holds us together. In some ways, we are no different from the old English kings described in the epic poem Beowulf. By inviting people to eat with us, we show them that we are “allies.” Most of our rules of etiquette concerns how we bought to act when dining with other people. Restaurants can be arenas of competition and judgment, where friendships and business deals are made and broken. It's no wonder that eating with other people or in a public place can cause some people to panic. The fear of eating out is a common social phobia. Help, however, is out there.

When You Might Have A Problem

How do you know if the discomfort you experience while dining in restaurants is “normal” social anxiety – related, most likely, to the particulars of your social situation – as opposed to a crippling, life-long phobia of public eating? Here are some possible signs that you have a specific issue with restaurants that needs to be addressed post-haste.

When you're in a restaurant or cafe, do you feel that the other patrons are glaring at you with disapproval, from the moment you've entered the door – even though you're dressed appropriately for the restaurant and you know you ' ve done nothing wrong? Do you spend hours getting ready before going to social events at restaurants – sometimes taking so long that you've missed the event? Are you able to enjoy your food at restaurants, no matter how exquisitely prepared it is? When you're sitting in a restaurant, do you find yourself counting the seconds until you think it's appropriate for you to leave? These are the signs of a crippling phobia. If you want to function normally in society, it's a phobia you'll need to resolve right away.

Traditional Therapy May Not Help

Since the time of Sigmund Freud, the standard way to treat anxieties and phobias of all kinds has been through intensive, on-going therapy sessions. Whether the therapist lives on dream analysis, or simply on talking to you, these treatments all have one thing in common: they could take years. Traditional therapists hope to treat phobias by discovering their secret, deep-rooted, often-unconscious causes, over the course of long years of conversations. Unfortunately, the causes of “restaurant phobia” are often complicated and multi-faceted. Usually, there is more than one reason that people are afraid of eating in public, and, moreover, each person's case is different. Traditional therapies could take years, and that could be too long.

NLP And Hypnotherapy Work In The Present

NLP and hypnotherapy are techniques that are likely to cure or lessen your fears faster than those of traditional therapy. NLP practitioners do not care why you can not be at restaurants. All that these trained individuals do is take you through your reaction to being in a restaurant step-by-step in a guided, controlled, clinical setting. They will train you to consciously recognize your mind's unconscious and overlooked reactions of terror. Then, they'll train you to will that terror away, to turn it into joy, calm, and ease. With NLP, more likely than not, you'll never fear eating out again.

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Koumpounophobia – Button Phobia

Phobia of buttons is an actual recognized phobia and has been given the name koumpounophobia. Nearly koumpounophobia affects 1 in 75,000 people.

We're faced with buttons all the time. Even if it's not us wearing clothes with buttons on you're sure to soon meet someone that is. Even a trip to the shopping mall, that is quite often a pleasureable experience for most as you search for that perfect summer top to go with the jeans you bought in the sales last month or you're looking for something to spend your birthday vouchers on , either way it's supposed to be a fun time but for anyone with koumpounophobia it can be quite the opposite. Every turn you make there is a shop front decked out with this seasons new collection all with fancy buttons on the front; shiny ones, bright colored ones and all shapes and sizes. This sight can turn a koumpounophobic from a very normal person to a person with sheer terror. Their heart rate starts to pound, their body starts to shake and they start to go out of control. Of course it is not like this for every koumpounophobic as some have it slight but it still comes with its own problems.

There are treatments available for koumpounophobia all with varying degrees of success but depends on each individual as to what works best as what works for one does not need to work for the other. Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and reiki to name but a few.

So when you're next on your weekend shopping trip or doing up the buttons on your new shirt spare a thought for the people who find this task so difficult.

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Combating Dental Phobia the Easy Way, How to Make the Whole Experience So Much Nicer!

How to beat nervousness at the Dentist. Modern Sedation Techniques, including easy needles!

I was really bad at going to the dentist. My mum used to drag me into the surgery attached to her heels. My old dentist still finds it funny that I followed the same profession as him!

I once had a really bad root canal filling. The anesthetic had not worked properly, the Dentist did not believe me when I said it was not numb, I could feel everything he was doing. I had to end this for 45 minutes, sweat dripping off my forehead.

From that day on I decided I was going to do everything possible to make sure that that never happens to my patients. I also made it my promise to offer ways to make Dental Treatment as easy as possible.

So firstly, before using any drugs, we make ordinary dentistry more pleasant.

  • After applying a numb gel to the gum to reduce the feeling of the needle, we use body temperature local anesthetic in needles so fine, you can hardly feel them.
  • We use slow injection techniques, going too fast causes pressure and pain.
  • For roof of the mouth injections, which I especially do not like having myself, we rub the skin for about 20 seconds. Try it yourself with firm pressure, you can make the surface go quite numb. The needle is then hardly felt.
  • We use anesthetic that penetrates so well, we do not often have to use those larger injections for back teeth, we can just put a little juice next to the tooth.
  • We make sure things are numb before we start. We test the gums and test the teeth to make sure there is no sensation.
  • Impressions stiff enough that they do not flow down the back of your throat. They also set quickly so you are not left with a mouthful of goo for minutes on end.
  • Sedation

    Using oral premedication like Diazepam, nitrous oxide gas or intravenous sedation are all great ways of making the whole experience better.

    The oral route is an easy way to reduce the feelings of anxiety. Often patients try this first before trying the deeper sedations.

    Nitrous Oxide Conscious sedation produces very nice levels of anxiety control. The patient is awake but feeling very happy (the joys of laughing gas) and much more amenable to treatment.

    The ultimate though is Intravenous Sedation. A very fine needle is put in the vein and within minutes relaxation sets in. IV sedation is great because a long session feet very short and the whoel experience is forgotten about afterward, so there are no memories.

    Because of this amnesia, we find each session getting easier and easier as anxiety is naturally reduced before each visit.

    We give the injections in the mouth after the patient is sedated, never before.

    For patients scared of needles, we can use Intranasal Sedation. A more concentrated formula of the drug is introduced into the nose using a device similar to a Vicks inhaler. Its takes a little while longer but get absorbs really well and produces sedation similar to IV. We still have to put a line in as the patient gets more relaxed, but the anxiety is already reduced.

    All three techniques discussed are really safe and used thousands of times a day across the country.

    We have carried out many procedures here and its got to a stage where we recommend these techniques to everyone. Why should patients have to be even remotely uncomfortable by Dentistry? There are procedures carries out in hospital that are unsuitable but not painful where IV sedation is routinely used as standard. Why cant dentistry be the same?

    If any of this has sparked an interest, speak to your Dentist!

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    Real and Permanent Cure For Social Phobia

    I'm sure you've heard the news already: it's all over the blogosphere since BCC Health first broke the news. Yeah, this is about that nasal spray you sniff – and your social phobia is gone !

    If you have not heard about this “latest and greatest” social anxiety cure yet, let me regurgitate the news in brief. It all started when scientists from Zurich University found that people who inhaled the hormone called oxytocin continued to trust strangers even after they were cheated on. That discovery, they say, could lead to future treatments for social phobia. It did not take long for a long-sales-letter type websites to appear selling the new wonder drug:


    It has been called “the love hormone”, “the cuddle chemical”, “the mind reading hormone” and “the trust drug”.

    And for a reason.

    It's the chemical that makes you feel what you're feeling during an orgasm. It is also produced during labor and it's responsible for the unique and unbreakable mother-child bond. When your brain is releasing oxytocin, you feel loved, relaxed and more open to trust – not only friends and lovers, but also strangers.

    The Zurich University's study has found that oxytocin has a very specific effect in social situations: it seems to diminish fears. Lead researcher Dr Thomas Baumgartner thinks that a lack of oxytocin is at least one of the causes for the fear experienced by social phobics.

    Brain scans show that oxytocin can lower activity in the amygdala – a region of brain that is responsible for feelings of fear and apprehension – and which is overactive in social phobics. So, yes – it's true: a sniff of oxytocin could improve readiness to engage in social interactions for people who suffer from social anxiety disorder by simply making them less fearful.

    Then again, there are other things you can sniff to increase your confidence in social situations … Lots and lots of people who do not have social phobia consume alcohol for the same reason.

    The problem is, such substances are indiscriminate in their effects: uncritical trust can be just as damaging as irrational avoidance.

    Will this new drug heal us or kill us …?

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    Rape and a Snake Phobia – Can They Be Connected?

    Rape can have a devastating effect on a person's life. Some of that effect can be easy to identify. It is not uncommon for people to have difficulty in sexual relationships, trusting, feeling an irrational sense of guilt, amidst may other things. How else can it affect a person's life? Can a rape also cause or be part of a snake phobia?

    Ruth attended one of my EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) training courses. During one of those events she mentioned her snake phobia. It quickly became evident that somehow in Ruth's mind snakes, and an event in her life where she had been sexually attacked, were linked. Somehow the way the attacker had moved reminded her of a snake.

    Trainings rarely provide sufficient time to fully explore an issue as was the case here. However we were able to work with the event she had stated and deal with it to such a point where she felt it no longer affected her. Relating that to her phobia, she found that she felt more relaxed around the idea of ​​snakes and how they moved. However, this was not the full story.

    About a year later I revisited Ruth's snake phobia. She kindly volunteered to let me work further on it to see what else might be causing her problem. She also agreed that the session could be recorded so that others could learn more about how to use EFT.

    Working with her phobia it quickly became evident that an early life event when she had been hospitalized at two years of age and had had tubes coming from her body was also linked to her snake fear. After clearing this connection using EFT, I asked Ruth to look at a snake. She had a book nearby with pictures in it. Opening the book up Ruth exclaimed, “hmm, unpleasant.” She went on to say, “….. I'm looking at the detail of them yeah? And their heads are a bit phallic really.”

    It quickly became evident that when she saw the snake her mind was connecting it to an earlier event in her life when she had been rapped. Ruth had done a lot of work on herself regarding this event, though she still saw the rape itself vividly in her mind. We worked on this event until it faded from her mind and became more difficult to recall. Testing how she felt about snakes at this point gained a very different reaction from Ruth. She actually expressed an interest in reading about them. Within a week of this session Ruth visited a pet shop and was totally calm in the presence of a wriggling, bad tempered snake. In her own words she said, “The pet shop owner got it out of the cage and I was amazed at how pretty her black and white markings were. me off) and I asked how he knew. “He said because she was flicking her forked tongue out frantically.”

    From the work that we did to clear Ruth's snake phobia it is very obvious that the earlier rape had been a key event in her life and was causing her fear of snakes. Although the two things were connected for Ruth, other snake phobias might have very different causes.

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    Fear of the Dentist – Overcome Dentist Phobia Now

    Your phobia of dentist and dental procedures has been learned. You may have had a horrible experience when you were young. Perhaps your teeth cause you great discomfort even without entering the dentist's chair. No matter how your dental phobia began, there are ways to treat it effectively.

    Phobia or Fear

    You never hear anyone say, “Oh I can not wait for my next dental appointment.” No one really enjoys being poked and prodded with sharp metal objects. Novocain and needles are not appealing to anyone and the sound of the dentist's drill can be a great source of stress.

    It is logical to assume that the vast majority of individuals are afraid to go to the dentist at some level. Where do we draw the line between a simple fear and phobia of dentist and dental procedures?

    Fears are protective in nature. We need them to help us make sound decisions. However, fear that is out of control begins to lead us to make irrational decisions that can be very problematic. If your fear is bordering on pure panic, you may have a phobia.

    Problems Phobia of Dentist Offices

    Your oral health is of the utmost importance. This is the main concern that you should have if you have an overwhelming fear of dentists. You may neglect to have check-ups twice each year, worse yet, you may neglect to address serious teeth problems.

    This neglect can lead to oral health problems that are difficult to fix. As your teeth become worse, you become even more appreciable to go to the dentist. This starts a horrible cycle that seems almost impossible to break, especially if you do not seek help for your phobia of dentist and dental procedures.


    Some people feel that they have to be medicated before they can even think of entering the dentist office. This is not a very good approach for a number of reasons. Medication is problematic because it masks the underlying problem. You may make it through the appointment but the phobia of dentist is still looming.

    When you medicate, you are unable to operate a vehicle. Someone has to take time out of his day to transport you. When you are finished with the appointment, the medication is still in your system. You are likely to lose an entire day just by having one dentist appointment.


    Self-hypnosis is a viable solution because it addresses the underlying fears that you have learned to adopt into your psyche. The process helps you to relax and focus on the benefits of visiting a dentist as well as visualizing your success.

    Remember that dentists want to help you achieve good oral health. Your ability to embrace a dental procedure with calm composition can make all the difference in your experience. Self-hypnosis can help you work through your phobia of dentist in order to achieve a healthy smile.

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    Fear of Frogs – How to Overcome Phobia of Frogs Easily

    Do you have a deep seared fear of frogs? You may feel as though you are so alone. It all began with Kermit. That was all she wrote, first the pig and then the world was in love with frogs. Everyone, that is, but you. Do not worry, you are not as alone as you may feel in your fear of frogs. Perhaps if they all hang out with a pig, a bear, and a Gonzo (whatever it is that he's supposed to be) singing about Rainbow Connections none of them would be all that intimidating.

    Frogs in the Real World

    In the real world, frogs are not cuddly, they do not have a nice tenor voice, and they are really rather slimy. In other words, they do not really invite kisses from fairy princesses. The fear of frogs is nothing new. Perhaps the Frog Prince really is a story about facing fears and moving beyond being afraid of a frog and overcoming your phobia once and for all. Regardless, you live in a day when the princesses and frogs have a different connotation all together. If you have a deep and abiding fear of frogs, there is no reason to be ashamed. You really are not alone. This is one of the more common phobias out there. The news that should really make you jump for joy though is that it is very easily treated with hypnotherapy.

    Is it Really Necessary to Cure this Particular Fear?

    The fear of frogs, for many, does not rate high on the priority list of things to do. Without you are passionate about your garden but can not enter it for fear of frogs chances are this is not a fear that is going to impact your daily life. If it does, you definitely need to make every effort to move past it as quickly as possible. Even if you do not come across frogs on a regular basis this can be an inconvenient fear. Children love frogs, how will you respond when one of your children brings one home? Can you enter the reptile cage at the zoo without being overwhelmed with panic or the fear of seeing a frog?

    Curing Your Fear of Frogs

    There are many ways you can go about curing your frog phobia. Hypnotherapy and NLP is one of the most effective methods you can follow. It works so well because it teaches your mind to view the object of fear, in this case frogs, from a dispersion point of view. When you remove the fear, or look beyond the fear, you are able to see frogs without the panic reflexes kicking in. In other words, you are able to maintain control of the situation.

    You should avoid immersion programs that put you in a position to confront your phobia of frogs head on. These are only asking for a full blown panic attack and making the fear even more difficult to get rid of if you ever try again. Choose a kinder, gentler approach that removes the fear before you confront the frogs you are so afraid of. Get rid of your fear of frogs today and begin to enjoy the best life without fear has to offer.

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    Fear of Dogs – How to Overcome Your Phobia of Dogs

    If you get scared at the mere thought of seeing a dog on television, let alone meeting one on the streets, chances are that you suffer from cynophobia, or fear of dogs.

    If it does not really matter how you “caught” this fear, although chances are that it was a one-off event, particularly when you were a young child. What matters is that you need to conquer this fear of dogs, otherwise you'll be forever changing channels on television or crossing the street when there's a chance you'll have to walk close to a dog.

    So, what can you do to overcome your phobia?

    A lot depends on how severe your case is. Whilst extreme of cynophobia may involve treatment with tools such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, fortunately most cases do not need this kind of depth.

    At it's mildest, you may be able to cure your fear of dogs simply by increasing the amount of times you meet dogs.

    Start off by “meeting” these canines simply in pictures online. You already know that your computer screen is normally a safe environment and that (since you're not starring in a horror movie) nothing is going to jump out of the screen and attack you.

    Once you've gotten used to seeing pictures of dogs on screen without immediately pressing your browser's back button, the next stage is actually walk close to dogs.

    Which means the next time you see a dog on a leash – especially a small dog – ignore your instinctive reaction to cross the road. Instead, walk past the dog on the sidewalk. Its owner will likely notice that you're worried (or you can always tell them) so will probably keep the dog on a short leash.

    Keep working at this and you'll be pleasantly surprised how quickly you can turn around your reactions and start to be friends with dogs rather than being scared of them.

    Another way to overcome your fear of dogs is to use hypnosis.

    Many people have found that this is a quick and easy way to cure their dog phobia. Because hypnosis works deep down with your unconscious mind, the chances are that the first time you know it's worked is when you walk past a dog without breaking out into a cold sweat.

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    How to Overcome Lifts Fear and Phobia Easily

    Anyone who's seen one of those little notices posted in many American elevators knows what it's like to experience a fear of lifts. Many elevators have little placards inside that say something to the effect of, “If this elevator gets stuck, do not panic: there's no danger of being remaining in the elevator forever, of the elevator falling to the ground uncontrollably.” Most people do not know enough about elevators' suspension and hoists – about how elevators are actually built – to know whether or not to trust the placard completely. For many people, those little notices only increase their fear, by putting them in mind of specific terrible scenarios. Every elevator is also required to have a noticeating its maximum lifting capacity. These only worsen people's phobias: who knows whether the elevator's lifting capacity has been exceeded? What would happen if it does? Is there a better way to stop fear of elevators than these ineffective little signs?

    Phobia Of Lifts Interferes With Life

    If you live in a big city, you probably do not have a choice about whether to use the elevator or not. If you live on the 10th floor and you're in a hurry, you can not be expected to run up 20 flights of stairs. Yet, if you're nervous around lifts, you can never feel “at home” in your own building. For some people, using the elevator repeatedly can lead to desensitization. However, for others, the fear only gets worse every time they enter that dread chamber. If you have a certain phobia of lifts, you're probably worried about what would happen if, suddenly – somewhere between the 16th and 17th floors – you were to snap. What if you had a full-blown panic attack, suspended in an elevator shaft hundreds of feet above the ground?

    Lift Phobia On The Job

    Office buildings, of course, are even worse. Most people who work in the city have to use the elevator to ascend a 50-story building every day. What's worse is, you have to face that which you dread most whilst in your formal “business” clothes, in front of all your co-workers. What if you panicked and embarrassed yourself in front of the boss, or in front of that cute cubicle-mate? Do you quit your job? Should you try to get yourself relocated somewhere closer to the ground? Not in today's economy.

    Techniques To Conquer Your Fear Of Lifts

    Fortunately, if you suffer from an acute, uncontrollable phobia of elevators, there is help. You do not need get hopped up on pills to conquer your fear. Neither do you need to go to a traditional therapist and under years of psychoanalysis, trying to find out whether you're afraid of elevators because your mother weaned you too quickly. Best of all, you will not even need to force yourself to do what you dread, hoping to somehow eradicate your fear through brute force (you've probably already tried to do this, and it did not work).

    NLP And Hypnotherapy Can Help

    More often than not, phobias are conditioned responses. In the case of elevator phobia, somehow your mind has formed an automatic association between elevators and panic. This condition is easily treatable through a combination of NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) and hypnosis. The NLP therapist can re-condition and re-train your mind, so that instead of associating elevators with fear, you'll start associating them with joy, confidence, and calm. Chances are that, after just a few sessions, you'll be able to conquer your fear of lifts for good.

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    Fear of Trains – How to Simply Overcome Phobia of Trains

    While most people delight in subways and trains as children, consequent trauma can lead a few unfortunates to develop an irrational fear of trains later in life. It's not difficult to see how such a phobia could develop. Trains are huge, hulking, downright Gothic pieces of machinery. Like a giant iron serpent, or one of the “sandworms” from Frank Herbert's Dune books, a train weights thousands of tons and can extend miles. These things speed down railways with seemingly no regard for human life. Indeed, if an engineer sees a human being or other obstacle occupying the rails in front of his speeding train, there's not much he or she can do, except panic, activate the brakes, and hope that the train stops in time. Train disasters do happen, if infrequently. One negative experience on a subway or train can traumatize a person for life.

    When A Phobia Becomes A Problem

    One serious train accident, or even watching a news report of an accident, can change a person's perspective on trains forever. In the mind of someone with train phobia, the friendly face of Thomas, the Tank Engine becomes replaced with that of a terrifying mechanical monster that has no regard for human life. Unfortunately, if you live in a city like Paris or New York, that changed perspective can become a serious problem. Public transportation is the life-blood of these glamorous cities, and the most effective form of public transportation is by subway (ie a type of train). Can you imagine using a car to drive around Manhattan? Anyone who's ever been to Manhattan can tell you that this is a foolish proposition. Of course, if you're rich, and do not care about spending non-renewable energy, you can rely on the cabs. However, if you're a real New Yorker, you probably balk at the prospect of letting an irrational phobia make these kinds of major lifestyle decisions for you.

    How To Conquer Your Fear Of Trains

    Fortunately, there are a number of techniques out there for quickly overcoming deep-separated fears. Some of the most powerful techniques involve a discipline known as NLP, which is short for “neuro-linguistic programming.” Obviously, the effectiveness of NLP techniques depends on a large extent on the degree to which you've been traumatized. For example, if your loved ones were killed in a train accident, sometimes you've made a conscious decision never to ride trains again, out of respect for their memory. No amount of NLP therapy can go against the intentions of your conscious will; nor should it. However, if you do have a strong desire to get over your phobia and start riding trains again, NLP can help.

    What NLP Does To Stop Fear

    NLP is sometimes called the “science of subjective experience.” This is a helpful way to think about how NLP can help stop fear. Using NLP techniques, an effective therapist can teach you to recognize, consciously, the fleeting and irrational thoughts processes that your feet compelled to enact whenever it comes across that which triggers its fear (ie a train). Ordinarily, these fearful thoughts pass through your mind, at once unnoticed and infinitely familiar. To your conscious mind, they're like a play that's so convincing that you never doubt its reality, nor do you bother to look backstage.

    NLP teachers you to take notice of what's going on “backstage” in your own mind. Then, using a combination of hypnotherapy and other techniques, your therapist will you how to “get behind the scenes” of your fearful thoughts. Occasionally, after a few sessions, you'll learn to replace thoughts of terror with thoughts of relaxation and calm. In this way, NLP can help you get over your fear of trains – for good.

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