Patients turning to hypnotherapy to deal with medical conditions and fears
In the early 1990's one Sheffield-based dentist took to using the skills of hypnotherapists to ease the fear that many people feel when visiting the dentist. It was a complete success, which saw urgent calls for the service to be given to cancer patients in the local area too.
Dental phobia affects 25 per cent of the population, with fear of the procedure, cost and potential pain playing a big role in establishing the phobia. As a result, it is increasingly common for those who are suffering to visit a hypnotherapist to help them deal with the problem.
Dental specialist at the King's College London Dr Carole Boyle told nhs.uk the reasons people give for not attending the dentist as regularly as they should. "Some people blame the cost because it's easier than saying they're frightened," she said.
Now, in a bid to combat such fears, schemes like the one in Sheffield could be offered on a wider scale to alleviate fears of all medical procedures, following requests for the service to be offered to cancer patients.
David Simmons, an ex-dentist who opened the "Cavendish Centre" told the Sheffield Telegraph of the approach, saying "When I started there were still dinosaurs out there who thought we wore cheesecloth and swung incense but now doctors believe in the holistic approach and are interested in anything that helps their patients.