Dental treatment with hypnosis
Who doesn’t know them: The fear of the dentist. Hypnosis can help here. It eases fears and calms down. Hypnosis is a technique of deep trance and inner calm. It is therefore certainly a helpful tool, especially in dentistry.
In the past, hypnosis was equated with sleep. In Greek mythology, Hypnos was the god of sleep. However, hypnosis and sleep are different states of consciousness. In contrast to hypnosis, the reflex intensity during sleep is significantly reduced. A sleeping person is usually not aware of their condition. This is extremely rare in hypnosis (spontaneous amnesia). In my practice, I have only seen one case in which a patient could not remember ever smoking after quitting smoking.
Modern medical hypnosis puts the patient in a relaxed state of trance, in which he concentrates on pleasant images. He is mentally in his resting place and has "mouthed for repair". In the trance state, the rational part of the brain switches off – the patient can hide all unpleasant sensations and feel good during the dental treatment. The pulse is calm, the blood pressure is low, deep abdominal breathing makes the body heavy and warm, the entire muscles are relaxed. This avoids anxious cramping, access to the operating area is easier and the dentist can work on a relaxed patient precisely, quickly and with concentration.
The advantages of treatment under hypnosis are obvious:
- less or no medication
- better bleeding control
- less complaints
- Improve wound healing
- Anxiety reduction and reassurance
- Coping with acute pain
The dental indication of treatment under hypnosis:
- dental fear
- Syringe allergy and intolerance
- Bruxism (gnashing of teeth and the associated consequences)
Improved hemostasis and healing of the wound area occur during treatment. In dental prosthetics, the required impressions become more precise because the flow of saliva is reduced and the gag reflex is stopped. Dental functional diagnostics also benefit from hypnosis, since TMJ symptoms are significantly minimized by reducing teeth grinding and clenching. By increasing the pain threshold, the amount of anesthetic can be drastically reduced. Interestingly, pain-free treatment without any anesthesia works very well when there is a hypodermic or phobia or the patient’s urgent need for treatment without a syringe.
Hypnosis is a best practice for experiencing subjective time reduction, i.e. H. the time of treatment appears to the patient to be considerably shorter. This is why it is increasingly possible to treat patients under hypnosis who normally have no problems visiting the dentist.
In summary, it can be said that hypnosis can be an enormous relief for the treatment process and also an enrichment for every patient. Our creative resources are in the subconscious. Hypnosis activates strength, strength, self-confidence and self-healing. Patients often report long-term well-being after the treatment, which even makes the treatment itself seem secondary. And some get with the new one "bite" a new job or new courage to live.
As a member of the German Society for Dental Hypnosis (DGzH) and a graduate of the Milton Ericson Society (MEG), I have several years of practical experience in relaxation techniques and medical hypnosis. Over the past few years, several TV teams (Deutsche Welle, PRO7, SAT1, TV Berlin) have recorded the treatment under hypnosis here in the practice. We would be happy to show you the records so that you can get an idea of the hypnosis treatment.
You can find more information on this topic at Publications
If you have any further questions, I am of course happy to assist you personally.
In most cases, fear of the dentist arises from one or more unpleasant experiences during dental treatment.
One thing is certain – it takes patience and loving attention to make a child afraid. As parents, you know that best. We have written down here what is advisable for visiting the dentist in this context.
Talk to your child about the topic more often "Healthy starts in the mouth". Explain it in a playful way, with simple, understandable and convincing words
- How caries develops – and what can be done about it
- why you have to take care of your milk teeth regularly and properly
- which is why the dentist should also regularly check the teeth in children
Before your child goes to the dentist for the first time, you should tell them something about their job, their devices, and the people who help them. Take the child calmly once "only like that" also to the dentist – so that they can familiarize themselves with the new environment on the spot. During this visit, you should definitely inform the dentist and his assistant that your child is coming to a practice for the first time. Avoid the sentence: "You do not have to be scared."
Set a good example because you are a role model for your child in everything. Always show that visiting the dentist is something quite normal for you.
Don’t give your child wrong ideas. Tell him calmly that if the dentist finds a sick tooth, the dentist has to drill and that drilling can hurt. But the dentist can do the tooth "fall asleep" and that only tweaks for a little moment (important! Avoid the word syringe!).
It would be wrong to promise your child gifts before going to the dentist; rather praise it for being afterwards "great behavior" during treatment. Important: You should always praise children up to around the age of 4 – discuss their experiences with older children.
Children are treated in our practice with the so-called distracting relaxation techniques. B. the magic hand.
In psychosomatic medicine, we assume that illnesses are never solely and exclusively organic, but that the patient’s overall condition – i.e. the psychological state – always plays a major role. This applies to general medicine as well as to dentistry. A classic example of this is grinding your teeth. Tensions built up during the day are compensated for by grinding teeth at night. One consequence of this gnashing of teeth can be periodontitis, for example.
In addition to the classic medical approach, we have made it our task to provide psychotherapeutic support for such related diseases. Early detection of psychosomatic relationships can also prevent illnesses from becoming chronic.
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