Comparison of conventional therapies for dentin hypersensitivity versus medical hypnosis

Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2010 Oct;58(4):457-75. doi: 10.1080/00207144.2010.499350.


This study compared the efficacy of conventional treatments for dentin hypersensitivity (DHS) and hypnotherapy. During a 1-month period at an urban practice in a service area of approximately 22,000 inhabitants, all patients were examined. A total of 102 individuals were included in the evaluation. Values of 186 teeth were analyzed. The comparison of the different treatment methods (desensitizer, fluoridation, and hypnotherapy) did not show significant differences in success rates. However, a noticeable difference was observed in terms of onset and duration of effect. For both desensitizer and hypnotherapy treatments, onset of effect was very rapid. Compared to the other methods studied, hypnotherapy effects had the longest duration. In conclusion, hypnotherapy was as effective as other methods in the treatment of DHS.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Dentin Desensitizing Agents / therapeutic use
  • Dentin Sensitivity / drug therapy
  • Dentin Sensitivity / therapy*
  • Female
  • Fluoridation
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis, Dental*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain Management
  • Pain Measurement
  • Patient Satisfaction


  • Dentin Desensitizing Agents