It is thought that around 50% of people visiting a dentist experience some kind of anxiety. Many are afraid of needles, pain, or simply sitting in the dentist's chair. Hypnosis is now becoming a popular technique for reducing both dental pain and anxiety.
New research just published in The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis suggests that hypnosis produces similar effects to those experienced under sedation. Whilst local anaesthesia remains the preferred option, hypnosis was found to be "a good alternative" for pain control.
Hypnosis has also been found to be very effective in reducing feelings of anxiety whilst enhancing feelings of relaxation and control. As research continues to show the value of hypnosis many people are taking matters into their own hands. Sometimes as little as 1 hypnosis session can be enough to dramatically reduce anxiety and transform that visit to the dentist.