Self-hypnosis can be a wonderful tool for reducing, and even eliminating entirely, the pain and discomfort that can be associated with having your teeth worked on. While some sedation dentists preach the use of drugs, there are many cases of people who have had extensive work done, including root canals and tooth extractions, without any anesthesia whatsoever. It might not be a great idea for you to pass up the novocaine and laughing gas altogether, but adding the relaxation and calmness that can be easily obtained by way of self-hypnosis can turn a difficult experience into something that’s much less traumatic.
You can learn self-hypnosis at home in a very short amount of time. Start by finding a comfortable place to sit, where you won’t be disturbed. Look straight ahead, and without moving your head, move your eyes up so you’re looking upwards at about 45 degrees. Pick some specific object on the wall to focus your eyes on, and keep looking at that object as you slowly and silently say to yourself, “I’m relaxed and comfortable, I’m relaxed and comfortable, I’m relaxed and comfortable….”
As you continue to focus your eyes on that object and repeat the affirmation to yourself, you may notice that your eyes are getting tired. Keep reciting to yourself, “I’m relaxed and comfortable, I’m relaxed and comfortable…,” and let your eyes gently close.
Now just let yourself sit quietly for a few minutes, repeating the affirmation to yourself, and enjoy the feelings of relaxation and comfort throughout your body. When you feel that you’re as relaxed as you can possibly be, press the thumb and forefinger of your right hand together, as if you were making the “OK” sign. When you feel that the time is right, open your eyes.
It feels good, right?
Do that a few times a day for a week or so. As with most things, you will get better with practice, and you’ll notice that every time you practice this technique, you’ll be more relaxed and more comfortable. Each time, remember to press your thumb and forefinger together when you’re feeling the most relaxed.
After the first week, you can simplify things. Just sit in the chair, close your eyes, and without doing anything else, press the thumb and forefinger together. You’ll find that you are instantly at ease.
Now you have the key to remaining comfortable and relaxed in the dental office. As you’re sitting in the chair, just press your thumb and forefinger together, and let those feelings of comfort and relaxation grow. If you notice yourself tensing up or feeling any discomfort, just press the thumb and forefinger together again. You can do this as often as you need to.
If you’ve practiced this diligently, you’ll find that it works wonderfully to reduce the stress and strain of going to the dentist.