Going to the dentist can be fun and relaxing when hypnosis is used. In fact using hypnodontics can be like taking a mini-vacation. Impossible you might think? Well, guess again.
Hypnosis can be used in the following ways:
- Pain Control
- Controlling Saliva and Bleeding
- Tongue Thrust
- Reverse Swallowing
- Restoration/Appliance Acceptance
- Promoting Fast Healing
- Pre-treatment for Desensitization
Hypnosis dates as far back as ancient Egypt when the Egyptian’s used sleep temples where people would enter to be healed by the priests for medical and psychological challenges.
Hypnosis is nothing to be feared because the average person experiences the trance state at least 29 times a day. If you have ever missed your exit because you were in deep thought you were in a waking trance. If you have ever traveled a long distance and came to the awareness that you can’t remember the last few miles, you were in a waking trance.
Therefore hypnosis is actually a state of inner absorption and focused attention. When our minds are focused in a very concentrated way we can use this powerful state to control pain, promote fast healing, control bleeding and the production of saliva and much more in relationship to dentistry.
Hypnosis is not as mysterious as some would believe rather it is a natural state of altered consciousness that your mind creates to allow you to overcome challenges or create new neuro-chemistry in your brain. There is a general opinion that only certain people can be hypnotized when in fact research and clinical studies have proven that everyone has the capability to be hypnotized. Yes, recent research supports the fact that hypnosis effectively changes physiological and neurological functioning of the brain.
Why is this so important? Many individuals cannot use chemical anesthesia and are unable to relax when they have to have a dental procedure done. The use of hypnosis allows a procedure to be done without the side effects of chemical anesthesia and anxiety that accompanies the visit to the dentist. The mind is capable of using guided imagery to assist in making the visit to the dentist, one that is very pleasurable. Now hypnosis may not be for everyone because individual responses vary, however the majority can use hypnosis effectively.
Dispelling Myths about Hypnosis
Individuals can fear being hypnotized because they believe they will lose control and surrender their will and as a result be under the “spell” so to speak, of the dentist. Nothing could be further from the truth! No one can religiously, morally or ethically make you do something against your will, when you are hypnotized! Why? Because the subconscious mind which is the protective part of your mind would instantly wake you up and you would challenge the statement of the person who hypnotized you.
Many people base their assumptions regarding hypnosis from stage hypnosis. What most people don’t understand is that the subjects up on stage are volunteers who wish to participate in funny antics and routines the stage hypnotist suggests. The interesting thing however that stage shows give us, is that if a stage hypnotist can create a stutter instantly in a hypnotized subject they can instantly take one away. This also shows as well as proves, that the mind will accept suggestions instantly if the hypnotized subject feels comfortable with the suggestion!
Some subjects do experience amnesia after they come out of hypnosis because it is an altered state of consciousness. This can be compared to you coming home after a long day of work, setting your keys down without really thinking about where you are putting them. A few minutes or hours later you want to go to the store but you can’t find your keys. Why? Because you are in a different state of consciousness then when you arrived home. However, if you were to relax and ask your mind to guide you to the keys, it would do so. When you try to force yourself to remember you lock your mind up. This is the same thing when you try to remember someone’s name. After you walk away from the person and you are relaxed, you suddenly remember their name.
Remember the hypnotist is simply a guide and you have complete control over your mind!
When is Hypnosis the most Effective?
You must want to be hypnotized to overcome a challenge. On a scale from one to ten, the closer you are to a ten the less resistant your conscious mind has to making changes. Essentially the hypnotist is creating a synchronization of the mind, i.e. creating the meeting of the mind with the conscious and subconscious part of your mind.
It is important to keep in mind that hypnosis is a therapeutic modality and just like any other therapeutic modality there is a small margin of failure. So understand that who you use are health care professionals trained in the therapeutic modality of hypnosis.
I highly recommend that you visit YouTube.com and search for hypnosis and dentistry to view highly trained dentists who use hypnosis so that you have done your own research on how hypnosis can help you.
Please follow the link below for more information on:
Scans Show How Hypnosis Affects Brain Activity by Scientific American