Information for prospective students:

Hire rooms and skills labs:

Course dates

The course takes place over five days:

12 September 2015
& 10 October 2015
& 14 November 2015
& 28 November 2015
& 12 December 2015

Course Leaders

Gavin Emerson,
Brief Clinical Hypnosis

Contact details

Marjorie Kelly


Tel: +44 (0)20 7905 1234

Course fee


Dental Hypnosis

A five day course on the use of hypnotherapeutic techniques to address issues that face both patients and practitioners regarding anxiety, phobic responses to treatment and fear concerning pain. Participants will be taught to use a number of powerful techniques that can enhance the patient-practitioner relationship and dental experiences.  

What will I learn?

The course aims to teach participants the value of hypnotherapeutic techniques that relate to dental practices. Evidence-based techniques are drawn from the extensive history of hypnosis and coupled with modern/up-to-date applications. The course leader's experienced team will be available to share their extensive knowledge to encourage students to use hypnosis with confidence and ease.

Why should I study this course at the Institute?

The course is tailored specifically for general dental practitioners, hygienists, therapists and nurses who wish to enhance their treatment of patients who suffer from anxiety, dental phobias and pain issues either during or after treatment. The course is taught by staff who have extensive experience of teaching both dental surgeons and dental health practitioners in clinical hypnosis techniques which have been used to enhance the treatment of their patients.

Availability: Five day course

Verifiable CPD: 32.5 hours

Core content

Day One

  • History
  • Conscious/unconscious
  • Mind body connection
  • Hypnotic states
  • Misconceptions
  • Trance inductions
  • Awakening

Day Two

  • Reducing anxiety
  • Autonomic nervous system
  • The role of parasympathetic nervous system
  • Specific hypnotherapeutic techniques
  • Formation of suggestions

Day Three

  • Dental phobias
  • Hypnotherapeutic method and techniques
  • Dissociation for specific anxiety
  • Reducing gag reflex
  • Confidence building

Day Four

  • Hypnosis and pain management
  • Ethical considerations
  • Multi-modal approaches
  • Priming the patient
  • Dental surgery

Day Five

  • Bruxism
  • Focused healing
  • Introduction to pseudo-orientation
  • Recovery techniques
  • Further questions

Teaching and learning

Specialised seminars will be given followed by practical exercises for students to gain confidence and experience using hypnotherapeutic techniques. Between course days, reading material will be suggested alongside a reflective log book to record personal development/learning. Multiple choice and group discussions will be encouraged to consolidate acquired knowledge.

Entry requirements

Applicants should be practising dental practitioners, hygienists, therapists or nurses.

How to apply

Applications are accepted by post or fax.  Please follow the application guidelines.

Applications are accepted until the start date depending on availability. This course operates on a first come first served basis.

Who can apply?

The course is for dental staff who wish to assist their patients to cope with dental practice anxiety, phobias or pain control issues, and to learn to do so using a range of hypnotherapeutic skills and techniques.