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HypnosVerlag: ISBN 978-3-933569-45-5
Language: German (Deutsch)
Reviewd by Nicole Ruysschaert
How to treat and desensitize patients with dental anxiety or phobia? In this DVD you discover how to work efficiently as you see, hear and experience how Albrecht and Gudrun Schmierer demonstrate their approach, the result of more than 30 years of experience in this area, and of fine-tuning the work to develop the best approach.
Therapy starts right from the beginning, the initial phone call with the dental assistant, to fix an appointment! You see how the approach increases comfort of the patient, the dentist and the dental assistant. You discover how suggestive communication, seeding, pacing and leading are part of the approach. Experiencing hypnosis brings security and offers a holding environment within the dental practice, preceding the real dental work. Diagnostic work, decision making, prevention and dental hygiene all are done in a relaxing, hypnotic climate desensitizing anxiety and changing the attitude of the patient towards the dental treatment. In Chapter (and session) 7, the first dental treatment, you see how the dentist, Albrecht Schmierer, establishes rapport, lets the patient choose where to start the treatment(some control), induces the trance according to patient’s preferences, and gives the patient control with the kataleptic arm, allowed to move when the patient wants to interfere. Eye-fixation, combined with going back into a nice memory, and thinking about the 3 personal keywords are calmly induced, following the pace of the patient, giving freedom to accept the head in thinking what it thinks, to experience what the patient wants, and to skip from one good memory to the other. Some deepening is the result of non-verbal guiding with shoulder pressure and other kinesthetic experiences (pressure on forehead). Ultimate permission to start comes from the patient with the suggestion “when your mouth is ready for the therapy, it opens, and you can take all the time you need for it.” By listening to an already familiar induction (Beim Zahnarzt ohne Spritze), the state of hypnosis is continued, and in this way dentist can optimally focus on his technical work and intersperse positive appreciation about how good the patient is doing it. The induction with the CD is actively supported by the dentist taking over, giving positive feedback, inviting to reorient to the present, to the external world. To ease work in the future, a posthypnotic suggestion is given to go back in trance when in this dental office the patient hears the music, and her seat is reclined and the patient can even go deeper every time.
The DVD illustrates how dental anxiety can be treated step by step to resolution. In 9 chapters you follow the steps of the treatment starting with the initial step at the phone, asking the patient to bring a good memory with him, and so being distracted from his dental phobia and catastrophizing thoughts. On the DVD every different intervention (dissociation, anchor, post-hypnotic suggestion…) is clearly named while you see the technique practiced. It’s inviting to be welcomed in this dental practice feeling safely protected, supported, and participating at the dental treatment as a nourishing experience, where a patient actively can exert control! It’s an excellent didactic tool illustrating the most efficient (indirect, permissive) hypnosis methods in treating patients with dental anxiety. Many discover how this gentle, often indirect work contributes to efficacy. I recommend the DVD for professionals working in dental and medical practices who want to make the treatment as comfortable as possible for their patients, and for those professionals who offer training to their students in mentioned practices as helpful demonstration material of information they convey.