Holistic therapies are fast becoming an effective part of dentistry. Hypnosis offers nervous or needle phobic patients access to dental treatment. Most patients that have used hypnosis describe it as a pleasant and relaxing experience.
For many people, visiting the dentist can be a stressful experience. Feelings of anxiety mean they only attend in extreme circumstances, and, as a result, teeth that could previously have been saved require removal.
Hypnosis can be used to help alleviate these feelings of anxiety, making treatment a much less stressful experience.
Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about hypnosis:
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis can be described as “a state of mind” in which your mind pays attention to things in different ways. Once hypnotised, you become more open to suggestions designed to help you with something you may normally find difficult. There is nothing unnatural about hypnosis, it is a perfectly natural ability.
What role does hypnosis play in dentistry?
Hypnosis is not a treatment on its own, but is used in conjunction with dental treatments. It can be used to help people with dental anxiety, dental phobia and needle phobia. Routine dental treatment which the patient would normally be nervous about receiving is performed whilst the patient is in a state of hypnosis. Dental problems can therefore be treated without the complication of anxiety.
Is Hypnosis safe?
Hypnosis is a perfectly natural state of mind. You cannot be put into hypnosis against your will, you will not get stuck in hypnosis and you cannot be persuaded to do or say things you do not want to. Hypnosis does not impair memory and is in no way abnormal, it is often compared to daydreaming. You remain fully in control of everything you are doing, are not asleep and can come out of the hypnosis at any time.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Hypnosis is a natural ability that everyone has. All it requires is the ability to pay attention to what is being said, and a willingness to be hypnotised.
What is hypnosis like?
Most people who have been hypnotised describe it as a pleasant and relaxing experience. You are fully aware of everything that is happening, aware of where you are and will remember most, if not all, of what has happened. Hypnosis is similar in some ways to being completely engrossed in an activity such as watching television, reading or even driving, where time passes without you realising because you are so absorbed in what you are doing.
Who does the hypnosis?
Dr Stephen Dodd BDS has studied at the University of Salford for British Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and is available to treat patients under dental hypnosis.
How much does hypnosis treatment cost?
Before you commence treatment, it is necessary for you to have consultation appointment with Dr Dodd. During this consultation, Dr Dodd will be able to explain more about the procedure. You will be advised of the fees, as the fee will differ depending upon the type of treatment necessary and the time required.