Tim Brunson DCH

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Hypnosis in Treatment of Stomatodynia: Preliminary Retrospective Study of 12 Cases.

Stomatodynia is an oral dysesthesia with a psychosomatic component. Twelve consecutive patients with stomatodynia were offered hypnosis sessions. Measures of anxiety, depression, and pain were administered before the first and after the last hypnosis session. Pain severity was assessed with a Numeric Rating Scale (NRS). Anxiety and depression were assessed with the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). The data were collected retrospectively from medical records on the 12 patients. The difference between NRS pain ratings and HADS scores before and after hypnosis was significant (p < .05). Six patients reported receiving treatment for stomatodynia before hypnotherapy; 3 of them stopped treatment for stomatodynia before completion of the hypnosis intervention. Results provide support for potential positive effects of hypnosis intervention for stomatodynia and point to the need for additional research on this issue.

Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2021 Jul-Sep;69(3):346-354. doi: 10.1080/00207144.2021.1912611. Epub 2021 May 6.

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