Implementing Hypnosis into a Dental practice
Making sure that all patients feel safe and cared for is paramount in all areas of the medical field especially in the field of dentistry. Making sure that patients attend for regular check-ups, receive the right treatment for the issues they may be experiencing and are taught how to maintain good oral hygiene is incredibly important.
The way patients feel about attending the dentist plays a key role in a practice’s efficiency. Patients that struggle with anxieties may frequently cancel appointments, may delay getting treatment which of course can lead to more dental work being required further down the line or they may not attend altogether. Similarly, many patients would be easier to treat if they were able to deal with the root cause of their issue rather than the dentist having to deal with the after effects.
The more that can be done to promote an environment where patients will actively engage in maintaining good oral hygiene the better.
So how can Hypnotherapy play a part in a modern dental practice?
Hypnotherapy is the practice of using hypnosis with patients to help them manage and overcome a range of different issues. It is a perfectly safe therapy that has no side effects and simply uses the patients unconscious mind as well as positive suggestions to make changes at the unconscious level.
Within dentistry, hypnosis can be extremely effective in helping patients overcome a range of issues that can lead to poor oral health as well as assisting dentists in making sure that procedures go as smoothly as possible.
Dental Issues that can be managed with Hypnosis
The following pages contain details on how hypnotherapy can be utilised in helping patients overcome the following issues.
- Fears and Phobias
- Pain Management
- Gag Reflex
- Bleeding Control
- Unwanted Oral Habits (Thumb Sucking, nail biting, tongue thrusting)
There are deep-seated psychological reasons for this exaggerated fear; the mouth being a highly charged erotogenic region, is a primary zone of interaction with the environment and can have important far-reaching emotional significance 
Benefits of Dental Hypnosis for Patients
- The control of pain and fear is extremely important for patients
- Dental procedures far less painful put the perception remains
- Perception leads to self fulfilling prophecy – magnify the issues making them worse
- Positive experiences facilitate positive associations
- Engage in ongoing and future dental treatment
- Improve patient confidence
- Reduce general anxiety and positively manage and influence range of responses that impede treatment
- Empower patients putting the power back in their hands
- Increase in visits by previously fearful non-visiting patients
- Positive experiences for children leading to lifelong engagement in dental treatment
Benefits of Dental Hypnosis for Dentists
- Calmer patients – faster processing – less stressful procedures
- Reduced use of anaesthetic
- Reduce stress and burn out amongst staff due to happier and more cooperative patients
- Learn Self-hypnosis – boost stamina, reduce stress and boost self-esteem
- Increase in referrals
The purpose of this website is to give both dentists and patients as much information on the benefits of hypnosis as possible. If you would like to discuss further how to integrate hypnosis into your dental practice or have patients that may benefit, then please contact Ed on 07921 220557, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in our contact form.
Research and Evidence on the Effectiveness of Hypnotherapy
Brain Activity and Functional Connectivity Associated with Hypnosis.
Cerebral Cortex, Volume 27, Issue 8, 1 August 2017, Pages 4083–4093,
Hypnosis in the treatment of dental fear and phobia.
Dental Clinics of North America [01 Oct 1988, 32(4):745-761]
Desensitization using meditation-hypnosis to control “needle” phobia in two dental patients. Anesthesia Progress [01 May 1983, 30(3):83-85]
A controlled trial on the effect of hypnosis on dental anxiety in tooth removal patients. Patient Education and Counseling Volume 98, Issue 9, September 2015, Pages 1112-1115
Suggestions can help. Ann R Australas Coll Dent Surg. 2000 Oct;15:284-5.