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Dental gagging and accepting oneself

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By Anthony Smith

Dear Gary, Some news on successes: I mentioned in a previous email that I have dental + psychology qualifications. I see a number of people who gag seriously and this has implications in terms of dental health and dental treatment. Today I used EFT for the first time with a 'gagger' and in one session got an excellent response (compared with my previous successes with other techniques). I had the gagger put a sterile tongue depressor (like the medico uses) into his mouth and to touch an area that just starts to bring on a gag response (this needs to be done slowly to allow the response to come up, but not bring on a full blown gag response). I then tapped and the gag response subsided. We continued to increase the distance the depressor was inserted. Occasionally it was put in too far too quickly and a more violent gag response was provoked. If this happened, the after-sensation was quickly reduced to zero without the depressor in the mouth. By the end of the session the person could put the depressor into all areas that would previously have produced a full blown gag, and was able to leave it in place for some time. He is not ready to have a dental impression taken yet, but I think one more session should do it.

One problem with this type of dental work is that the gag response is a "normal" protective response if one put things too far to the back of the mouth. Non-dental therapists may not be able to pick the cut-off area easily, but if you were to liaise with a dentist they could indicate what is reasonable area to seek to desensitize.

In another case: Another lady I have been working with for a long time has never been able to believe that she was acceptable as a person. I recently introduced her to EFT. Today I asked her to say "I accept myself even though I have this "....", but she could not even say the words "I accept myself". I decided to work on her inability to accept herself, and I asked her to say "I acknowledge myself even though I can't accept myself" and then with tapping this went 10 to 0. She still could not say the words "I accept myself" but was then able to say "I accept that I can't accept myself". This went 10 to 0. Then I asked her to say "I accept myself even though I can't accept myself". She half laughed but still said it, and this went 10 to 0 also. I then asked to just say "I accept myself" and she said "That sounds scary" (10 on the scale). So we worked on the fear and it went 10 to 0. She could then say "I accept myself". I asked her how strong the "I accept myself" felt and she said about a five. I asked what should it be to feel good, and she thought for a moment and said a 10. So we tapped on "I accept myself" and it went to 10. She then said "Will this feeling last?". I just gave her a big hug.

Anthony T. Smith

 

 

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