Keep in mind that this survival experience, most of the time, is subconscious for the patient.

Any dental experience can be experienced as traumatic by the nervous system, especially if the person has a full trauma container.

From the perspective of the rational brain:

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I am laying down in the treatment chair next to the OHP.

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I am aware that the OHP will be using dental tools in my mouth.

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I am there willingly because I know that it’s good for me.

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If my trauma container sends me into survival mode, it can very easily be experienced as “I am in a very vulnerable position, where I can’t easily protect or defend myself, next to a stranger who puts tools in my mouth”.

Keep in mind that this survival experience, most of the time, is subconscious for the patient.

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