Hypnotic induction in dentistry — coping with the fear of losing control (autonomy): A Brief Communication

Moris Kleinhauz*, Ilana Eli

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Abstract

A common cause of stress among dental patients is the patient's fear of losing control in face of the “helplessness provoking” dental situation. Although hypno-relaxation and hypnosis serve as efficient tools to aid in the administration of dental treatment to such patients, some of them may view hypnosis as a further relinquishing of control to the hypnotist and thus resist hypnotic induction, despite their willingness to try to use hypnosis for therapeutic reasons. To avoid this resistance, a “self-control” induction method is suggested that enables the patient to remain in control throughout the process. This technique minimizes the threat of losing one's autonomy and thus enables treatment of these patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-128
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 1991

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