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Dental Hypnosis Can Help Overcome Dental Phobias

Dental HypnosisLots of people are terrified only with one thought about visiting their dentists. Mostly, they are afraid of pains, numbness, swelling and other types of discomfort which come when anesthesia is gone, but many also shiver while hearing a sound of a dental drilling device. Also, it is especially hard for those patients who are allergic or can not tolerate anesthesia, and their dental phobias are really disturbing. That is why millions of people avoid visiting their dentists on a regular basis, making public dental care go worse and the number of dental problems increased.

Fortunately, German dentists found an interesting solution for reducing the occurrence and negative effects of dental phobias. The specialists at the German Society of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy (DGH) offer modern dental clinics and dentists try using hypnosis to calm down fears and anxiety of their patients. According to the reviews of DGH specialists, this dental hypnosis can be effectively used to increase the quality of dental services as well, because in most situations dental specialist can feel patient’s anxiety and fears, therefore he or she gets tense and sometimes can’t do the job well. That is why dental hypnosis is beneficial for the dentist as well giving him better opportunity to focus.

Stephan Eitner, the President of the DGH says: “Concentration is the first thing we do. The dentist speaks with the patient in a way that diverts the patient’s thoughts from anxieties and focuses them inward, he said, comparing the mental state with “daydreaming“. Other German specialists, like Georg Duenzl, a board member of  the Milton Erickson Society for Clinical Hypnosis (MEG), find this approach very interesting and promising. However, everyone underlines that additional research is necessary to study possible reactions of the patients on the personal or environmental factors.  In particular, it is considered that dental hypnosis will not work for the patients with mental disorders, because their behavior under hypnosis is very hard to predict.

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