In recent years, hypnosis has been used to treat and cure a wide variety of medical conditions: from weight loss to smoking cessation, this method has truly proven to be a powerful aid in many people’s quest for a better life! Lately, hypnosis has also been used to treat people suffering from bruxism and teeth grinding. But what should you know about this treatment? How does it work, and are there any side effects? Keep reading on to find out the answers to these questions and more!
Hypnosis for Bruxism: How Does it Work?
Many people suffering from bruxism find that they are most affected by the symptoms of this condition at night. The unconscious grinding of one’s teeth while one sleeps can lead to even more problems in the morning: headaches, earaches, and even damaged teeth and other dental issues.
While these are physical issues, two of the primary causes of bruxism are stress and anxiety, both of which can be treated with hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is also an ideal treatment because it taps into your subconscious, where your bruxism stems from, to stop your symptoms from occurring. For instance, many people might be causing their bruxism simply by anticipating that it will happen. The stress and anxiety stemming from such anticipation can then lead to the bruxism itself! Hypnotherapy, therefore, is ideal: it will aid in reducing your stress and anxiety levels, and stop your bruxism before it begins.
What to Expect During Hypnosis
For those new to hypnotherapy, there are a few things that you should know to expect when walking into your first session. Many people think that hypnosis puts you to sleep and that you’ll wake up barking like a dog when someone says “eggplant”, but that’s not the case at all!
Ultimately, the goals of hypnotherapy are to change your thinking patterns and habits. This is accomplished by putting you into a deeply relaxed state, thereby helping with issues. Hypnosis works by putting an individual into a trance state – like you might be if you’re lost in a good book or get sucked into a movie – and adjusting your though patterns when you’re in that state, such that when you are back in a normal “awake” state, you have internalized and respond to these new patterns and habits.
Are There Any Side Effects?
The short answer is “no”! In fact, due to the hypnosis’ focus on reducing your stress and anxiety levels, you may see other areas of your life improving in addition to your bruxism and teeth grinding symptoms! Hypnosis is a noninvasive treatment and is safe for almost anyone – just be sure to disclose any medical history your hypnotherapist asks for to ensure that they can determine the best course of treatment for you.
Should I Consider Additional Treatments?
Hypnotherapy can be a very powerful treatment, but it may not work for everyone, and some people may take a few more sessions to see results than others. For instance, if you already wear or are considering wearing a mouth guard for bruxism, it is still perfectly safe and normal to continue to do so after seeking hypnosis treatment. If you have any questions or concerns about your diagnosis and treatment of bruxism, be sure to ask your dentist or medical professional to ensure that you’re following the best plan for you!
Bruxism is a serious disorder that affects nearly 10% of the population, but it can be easily treated with a few intensive hypnotherapy sessions. So what are you waiting for? Talk to a hypnotherapist about scheduling a session today!