Clinical hypnosis has scientifically proven its utility and value in psychotherapeutic approaches aimed at reducing major stress, severe anxiety and phobia associated with dental interventions (dental extractions and implants, fillings etc.).


Another area of applicability of hypnosis is pain management. Thus, hypnosis is used successfully in dental interventions, to relieve pain sensation by analgesia or to obtain anaesthesia.

Research has shown that a person during the trance will not react to suggestions that are inconsistent with his or her principles and will. Also, a person cannot be hypnotized against his or her own will and can leave the trance by himself or herself if he or she so wishes.

The main mechanism by which pain management is performed with hypnosis is hypnotic analgesia. Under hypnosis, it is manifested by the absence of pain or by the replacement of it with numbness, tingling or light touching. The patient realizes what is happening, is able to cooperate with the doctor, but is not disturbed by the medical manoeuvres performed.

The number of preparation sessions varies depending on the type of intervention, your particularities, the level of stress / anxiety associated with the intervention you are going to have, which can be added to other factors that we identify together. In principle, the desired result can be obtained after 2-5 sessions.

  • Performing the intervention without resorting to chemicals or with a much smaller quantity than usual, this being a natural way of intervention without toxic elements.
  • Performing a sedation-free intervention, as is sometimes the case for anxious or non-cooperative patients.
  • Obtaining and maintaining a state of comfort before, during and after the medical intervention, this being much less traumatic when compared to a usual intervention.
  • Low blood loss.
  • Maintaining the effect of analgesia as long as the body needs, after the intervention.
  • Faster recovery and healing.
  • Reduction of postoperative complications.

All these benefits have been directly observed in the cases I have worked so far, as well as in most scientific studies.

Contraindications to hypnosis: some psychiatric disorders

There are some mental disorders in which hypnosis is not indicated.

!!! In most cases, as a result of the collaboration between the psychotherapist and the patient, the optimal trance for the dental intervention is obtained. However, given the multitude of the factors involved, success is not 100% guaranteed.

Razvan-Gabriel Zaharia

Psychologist, Psychotherapist

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