Hypnosis is far more than deep trances and phobias. Hypnosis is an effective tool which can be used in all kinds of examinations and treatments. It is all about creating the right environment and applying the correct linguistic preconditions, which to a wide extent will support the patients in getting the best experience possible. Mild hypnosis creates an even better experience for patients by making them relax, being accommodating, and communicating on a level with the patient. Many patients are more or less nervous, suffer from fear of dentists, and anxiety, and they can be hard to spot. Hypnosis is an effective tool when patients need to be calmed down as hypnosis lets the patient settle down completely, relax, and fall into a light trance for a few minutes. During the hypnotic conditions, the patient is conscious all along and as a dentist you are not performing therapy treatment or "influencing the subconsciousness".
Your way of communicating can either in- or decrease the nervousness, and for that reason your welcome of and communication with the patient carry a considerable weight in relation to how the visit will be carried out. This will greatly support your patients in getting the best experience possible.
Through mild hypnosis in the dental treatment, you can most often suppress the fear, but patients with severe fear of dentists and concrete anxiety or a phobia can require further help. The patient can get this help through the service "External hypnotherapy" or the dentist package "Relax at the dentist".
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of mind in which a person is in trance. We can effortlessly go in and out of the hypnotic state and most people experience it on a daily basis in different everyday situations. All kinds of hypnosis is self-hypnosis, i.e. the person himself creates and ends the trance. A hypnotherapist is hence just leading the person in the right direction while the person at other times will lead himself into the hypnotic state.
Source: "Hypnoseterapeutens håndbog" by Chris Grew