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Article: Volume 41 Number 1 Page 78 - January/February 2014

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  Dent Update 2014; 41: 78-83

Hypnosis in Dentistry:  Hypnosis for Dental Anxiety

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Abstract: Dental anxiety can be a hindrance to treatment. It is prevalent, so helping patients to overcome it should not be regarded as the province of a specialist. Hypnosis can be effective but is underused. A comparison of the conscious, alert state and hypnosis/nitrous oxide sedation is shown by electroencephalogram examples. The benefits and drawbacks of the use of hypnosis are discussed and suggestions of ways of learning and using hypnosis outlined.

Clinical relevance: This paper is an overview of the common problem of dental anxiety and a pragmatic approach to overcoming it using hypnotherapy.

Author notes: Mark Griffiths, MBBS, FDS RCS(Eng), BDS, Honorary Research Fellow, School of Clinical Sciences, University of Bristol and Visiting Professor, Eastman Dental Institute for Oral Health Care Sciences, University College London, London, UK.

Objective: To understand the uses of hypnotherapy in overcoming dental anxiety.