Hypnotherapy for Dentistry

Dental Anxiety and Phobia

People who are terrified, or even merely anxious, about going to the dentist can release those fears, to be calm and relaxed during procedures. After learning self-hypnosis they can “zone out,” yet still remain responsive to the dentist’s instructions.

Pre/Post Dental Surgery

Hypnosis for dentistry prior to surgery enables the patient to remain calm and confident before and during the procedure. It prepares both mind and body to do their part in making the process easy and distress-free. Additional hypnotic suggestions help to minimize after-effects such as pain, swelling, bleeding and bruising. This promotes rapid healing and recovery.

Pain Control

Dentists prefer to control pain with injections. There are a few patients, however, who cannot tolerate the injections. Such individuals can be taught to use the power of their own mind (via a combination of hypnosis and self-hypnosis) to reduce or eliminate pain during and after a procedure. Because it takes some practice to master self-hypnosis, this usually requires several sessions with Donald prior to the procedure.

Gag Reflex

Patients with an over-sensitive gag reflex can, through hypnosis and self-hypnosis, learn to “decondition” themselves, allowing dental work to be done more easily.

Excessive Salivation

Through hypnosis and self-hypnosis, patients who salivate excessively can enable themselves to reduce their salivation.


For clients who clench and grind their teeth, Donald engages a process of four or more sessions over a period of several months comprised of hypnosis and specially designed exercises.

Further details in Donald's blog post on Dental Hypnosis.