Dental hypnosis helps patients in dealing with their specific fears and anxieties about dental procedures. Fear of dentists and dental procedures are common, and some people avoid going to their dentist altogether because they become too anxious just by thinking of the dental procedures that need to be done. This can lead to serious dental problems in the long run, because the fearful patients are not able to get the proper dental health care they deserve and need.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of mind produced either by oneself (auto or self hypnosis) or by responding to the suggestions of the therapist. It is usually accompanied by deep physical relaxation, a focusing of attention within yourself and a corresponding reduction in awareness of your surroundings. Daydreaming is a light hypnoidal state and other naturally occurring forms are common e.g. when you are completely absorbed in a good book.
Will I lose control?
At all times you can choose not to respond to the suggestions of the therapist and you may come out of trance at any time.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Everyone has the ability to enter hypnotic trance if they so wish. Some people have a greater natural ability than others. It is not something that is done to you, but a state of mind you can learn for yourself. The induction of trance is usually linked with physical relaxation and is useful where stress and anxiety are present.
Within the dental environment hypnosis can be provided for a number of conditions including:
• Dental anxiety
• Dental phobia
• Smoking cessation.
• Exaggerated gag reflex.
• Bruxism (clenching or grinding of the teeth).
• Excess salivation.
• Burning mouth syndrome.
• Temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
Dental hypnosis can help a patient to relax prior to any dental procedure being done; dental hypnosis can also bring about an improved point of view when it comes to going to the dentist and dental treatments, which can result to a patient that is eager and ready to get the dental health care he or she needs – without facing the paralyzing fear that comes with every visit to the dentist. When a patient is relaxed through dental hypnosis, it is much easier for the dentist to perform the dental procedure without having to worry about the patient’s reaction to every single move he makes.
In hypnotic trance you have enhanced access to your unconscious mind. As a result of suggestions given by the therapist or by yourself to yourself, you are able to act more readily than in the normal waking stage. You will be taught how to practice self-hypnosis in order to reinforce suggestions made by the therapist. As with all skills you will be aware of improvement with practice. In addition, a recording may be made for your use at home.
Can I hear what is going on around me?
Yes, hypnosis is not sleep; you will hear all surrounding sounds but unless important, they will be relegated into the background.
Can I respond to an emergency?
Yes, if something untoward happens you will come out of trance immediately and be fully alert.
Will hypnosis be effective?
Individuals vary in their capacity to use hypnosis effectively. Like every other therapeutic modality, there is a wide reaction in response. If is of major benefit to some patients and is helpful to many others, but individual responses vary.
If you wish to proceed with dental hypnosis, we will schedule a dental appointment with our Clinical hypnotherapist, Sinmarie Pieterse www.claremontpractice.co.za/sinmarie-pieterse.html a half hour before your dental appointment. Call reception for details.