- Mar 27, 2006
- United States
A lot of people say they close their eyes and imagine being somewhere else like lying on the beach during dental treatment. I have tried this so many times and I absolutely cannot do it for longer than 2 seconds before my thoughts revert back to "DENTIST!!!". So I'm curious to find out how many people can actually do this or how many people this method has actually worked for. I'm generally pretty skilled at day dreaming and escaping reality as I do it for the better part of my day most days which makes me think this strategy would suit me well but I absolutely cannot escape the present moment no matter how much I'd like to during dental treatment. Part of the problem may be I cannot bring myself to shut my eyes long enough to escape anywhere but I daydream all the time with my eyes open so that can't be the case entirely. Maybe it's a control thing and I'm just not willing to relinquish enough of my control to enter another state of awareness.