Hypnosis for children undergoing dental treatment

Bottom line

Although there are a considerable number of anecdotal accounts indicating the benefits of using hypnosis in paediatric dentistry, on the basis of the three studies meeting the inclusion criteria for this review there is not yet enough evidence to suggest its beneficial effects.


Children are often anxious or non-compliant during dental treatment. Anecdotal evidence as well as published articles indicate hypnosis can be used with great effect in paediatric behavioural management. The aim of this review was therefore to see what evidence there is to support the use of hypnosis with children and adolescents undergoing dental procedures. Only three randomised controlled trials (with 69 participants) fulfilled the inclusion criteria for this review. Two of these three studies reported positive outcomes in favour of hypnosis however statistical analysis and meta-analysis were not possible due to insufficient studies meeting the inclusion criteria.


The Cochrane Library

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Systematic Review

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Bibliographic record

Al-Harasi S, Ashley PF, Moles DR, Parekh S, Walters V. Hypnosis for children undergoing dental treatment. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010, Issue 8. Art. No.: CD007154. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007154.pub2

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