Types of Dental Pain Relief: Hypnosis

Nov 27, 2017

Despite the fact that hypnosis is typically associated with a mystical form of entertainment, it is in fact a legitimate form of pain relief and control. However, only a few dentists practice hypnotherapy as a method of controlling pain.


What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness. It is often used as an alternative treatment for a variety of long-term conditions and breaking habits, and can be used as a form of pain control. A breakdown of the population who are susceptible to hypnosis as pain relief is as follows:


  • 70% are capable of using hypnosis as pain control
  • 20% can be somewhat hypnotized
  • 10% have personality that are not compatible with hypnosis as pain relief


Why would I use hypnosis as pain control?

Various conditions and allergies mean that many people cannot take medications, so hypnotherapy can serve as a nonchemical form of pain control. Those that suffer from extreme fear and anxiety of needles and other dental associations – who cannot tolerate the deliver of pain medication through the use of needles – can also benefit from hypnosis.


How does hypnosis work in dentistry?

If your dentist uses hypnosis as a pain control method, they will have a pretreatment session with you to introduce you to hypnosis. They will then test your susceptibility to hypnotic techniques. If you are capable of being hypnotized, your dentist will then place you in a hypnotic trance for the procedure.


How will I feel when hypnotized?

Similarly to being under a general anesthetic, you will be asleep during the procedure. This means you will be unaware of the procedure and will feel no pain. However, there are none of the side effects typically associated with general anesthetics.


What are the benefits of hypnosis?

The main benefit of using hypnosis as a form of pain control is that there is no need for medication. This makes it highly beneficial for those that cannot or do not like the idea of chemically induced unconsciousness, such as general anesthetics. An additional benefit is the lack of adverse side effects commonly associated with chemical pain control.


If hypnosis interests you as a form of pain relief, speak to your dentist about the availability of hypnotherapy for oral treatment in your community.

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