Short courses


Dental Hypnosis

  • 32.5 hours
  • 5 days (over 4 months)


This five-day course (held over four months) will look at the value and use of hypnotherapeutic techniques in dentistry.

You'll learn:

  • how to address issues faced by both patients and practitioners regarding anxiety, phobic responses to treatment and fear concerning pain
  • a number of powerful techniques that can enhance the patient-practitioner relationship and dental experience

Evidence-based techniques are drawn from the extensive history of hypnosis and coupled up with modern, up-to-date applications.

The course leader's experienced team will share their extensive knowledge to encourage you to use hypnosis with confidence and ease.

The course is run by the UCL Eastman Dental Institute in London which has a broad range of continuing professional development (CPD) short courses. These provide hands-on training from experienced staff in dedicated facilities.

Course content and structure

Day one

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

Day two

  • Reducing anxiety
  • Autonomic nervous system
  • The role of the 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

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you should be more confident in using hypnotherapeutic techniques in your practice.

Who this course is for

You should be a practicing dental practitioner, hygienist, therapist or nurse.

Structure and teaching

The course runs from approximately 9:30am to 5pm over five days (spread out over four months).

Teaching will be by specialised seminars, followed by practical exercises to help you gain confidence and experience using hypnotherapeutic techniques.

Between course days, you'll be given reading material and asked to use a reflective log book to record personal development/learning.

Multiple choice and group discussions will be encouraged to consolidate the knowledge you're acquiring.

CPD points and certificate

The course will give you 32.5 hours of verifiable CPD. You'll also receive a certificate of attendance.

Quality controls

All Eastman teachers are experienced professionals. You'll be asked to submit written feedback via a questionnaire at the end of the course, which is used to monitor the course's quality of teaching and value for money.


Please read the Eastman's refunds policy before booking.

Course team

Gavin Emerson - course leader

Gavin Emerson - course leader

Gavin Emerson has over 25 years practical experience in clinical and dental hypnosis and has lectured extensively on these subjects. He also has considerable experience lecturing and developing courses in clinical hypnosis at universities on a range of BSc programmes.

Gavin has developed several specialist programmes in clinical hypnosis and brief therapy that have subsequently also been awarded post-graduate credits for psychiatrists, doctors, dentists and nurses. He is regularly invited to speak at international conferences as a specialist in improving communication in a range of professional and clinical arenas.

Learner reviews

"One of the best and most stimulating courses I have ever been on. Truly refreshing."

"A very useful and informative course-relevant to everyday practice and management of anxious patients, very well thought out and taught."

"A great assistance to my clinical practice when treating anxious patients."

"This course has been incredibly useful for my personal development and has enabled me to manage more challenging patients in primary care."

"Great adjunct for new techniques to be an even better dentist."

"Great course."

"Mind-expanding course that will put your clinical practice in a different light both for you and your patients."

Course information last modified: 2 Oct 2020, 16:31