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Using Elements of Hypnosis Prior to or During Pediatric Dental Treatment

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Using Elements of Hypnosis Prior to or During Pediatric Dental Treatment

Benjamin Peretz et al. Pediatr Dent.

Abstract

Most dental practitioners are familiar with pediatric patients expressing dental fear or anxiety. Occasionally, the dentist may encounter a situation where all behavioral techniques fail, while, for some reason, premedication or general anesthesia are contraindicated or rejected by the patient or his/her parents and a different approach is required. Hypnosis may solve the problem in some cases. The purpose of this study was to review the literature about techniques that use elements of hypnosis and hypnotic techniques prior to or during pediatric dental treatment. There is a limited amount of literature regarding the use of hypnosis and hypnotic elements in pediatric dentistry. Induction techniques, reframing, distraction, imagery suggestions, and hypnosis are identified, although mostly anecdotally, while there are very few structured controlled studies. Nevertheless, the advantages of using hypnotic elements and hypnosis in pediatric dentistry are evident.

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