Any dental experience can be experienced as traumatic.
To give you an example of how any dental experience can be experienced as traumatic by the nervous system, especially if I have a full trauma container.
I am laying down in the treatment chair next to the OHP.
I am aware that the OHP will be using dental tools in my mouth.
I am there willingly because I know that it’s good for me.
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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