My daughter hasn't had very many bad dreams in her life. She didn't have night terrors when she was young,and I think she's woken us up twice in ten years because she had a bad dream. (Don't send hate mail, we just lucked out!)
She has, however gone periods through periods of time when she's afraid at night when she goes to bed. In the past, we've utilized our "La Oof strategy" to overcome her fears and occassional bad dreams, but she's getting older, so I thought I would introduce a new way to deal with her fears. Based on the Native American tradition, dream catchers have been helpful in calming her fears lately. Of course we got creative, colorful, and cute with our dream catcher and I shared the tutorial over on the Smoothfoam blog last month. You can personalize yours however you like. Maybe your child loves flowers or cats or cars. Gather up some inexpensive items that bring peace to your child and glue them on! Your child (and you) may sleep better for it.
*Disclosure: I am paid design team member for the Smoothfoam blog.