Blood / Needle Phobia
Some people with this phobia have a tendency to faint at the sight of a needle or blood. Interestingly no other phobia causes fainting (a sudden drop in blood pressure) and in fact the reason fainting is thought to happen in the case of needle/ blood phobia is an evolutionary genetic trait dating back to the beginnings of time (should someone be running at you with a sharp object to do you harm, fainting may help you to look dead so the predator leaves you alone). Also, on fainting the fall in blood pressure decreases blood loss from a wound. This phobia can have an impact on the type of careers people do, routine vaccinations and dental and medical treatment. Often the phobia starts after a difficult experience. Treatment would be as for other phobias with additional techniques taught to help prevent you fainting.
Fear of feeling pain at the dentist
Although certain procedures may cause some mild discomfort most of the fear of pain is the anticipation of pain (expecting the pain to happen at any minute) which may be due to having had a difficult experience in the past. Hypnotherapy can help manage your experience by helping you to relax and to reduce your anxiety as you cannot be calm and anxious at the same time, whereas anxiety and pain often go hand in hand. When anxious you are hyper-alert and you are very sensitive to everything emotionally and physically. However, when you are relaxed you dampen down the pain response so you can tolerate pain and discomfort much more easily. Also, a person who allows themselves go into a medium trance within hypnosis can be taught the technique of feeling dissociated (distanced) from the dental procedure, happily enjoying focusing on relaxing in a calm, peaceful place and happy for the dentist to take care of them. People who are highly hypnotisable readily go into a very deep trance so can be taught the technique of glove anaesthesia with a view to being able to produce a feeling of numbness in an area (e.g. the jaw). This latter technique can be very useful for needle phobics.
Fear of the dental equipment
Generally people with dental anxiety/phobia have multiple fears of all things associated with dentistry such as the dental hand piece (drill), hand instruments or the dental chair as well as fear of uniforms. Sounds and smells commonly heighten the fear too. All these fears would be treated within the general management of dental anxiety.