Albemarle Dental

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About Dental Hypnotics

Dental Hypnotics Q&A

Dental hypnotics and sedation can help you relax in the dentist’s chair, even if you’ve never been able to do so before. At Albemarle Dental Associates, John Rajniak, DDS, is a board-certified dental hypnotherapist offering these services to anxious and phobic patients alongside his colleagues. To schedule an appointment in Charlottesville, Virginia, call the office or request one online today.

What are dental hypnotics?

Dental hypnotics refers to the practice of hypnotherapy or therapy for fears and phobias in the dental office. It’s not uncommon to get nervous when you go to the dentist, and this nervousness can drive you away from getting the treatments and services you need for excellent oral health and a picture-perfect smile. 

Fortunately, Albemarle Dental Associates offers several different options for dental hypnotics. Under the expertise of the team, many of these options do not involve pharmaceuticals of any sort. You can alleviate your dental anxiety before getting extensive treatments and necessary dental services.

Who can benefit from dental hypnotics?

Dental hypnotics are a great option that can help you avoid using medications that you don’t necessarily need during an upcoming dental service. 

If you have a fear or phobia of the sensations and sounds associated with getting dental work, then dental hypnotics may be available for your next visit to Albemarle Dental Associates. You should let the team know if you’re anxious or fearful about an upcoming dental treatment. 

You can explore dental hypnotics and alternative anxiety-relief options for:

  • Extractions
  • Root canal therapy
  • Fillings
  • Laser dentistry procedures
  • Scaling and root planing

The team talks to you about each of your options and your preferences surrounding them. Hypnotics and similar anxiety-relieving approaches help you sit still and relax as you get the dental work you need. 

What are my options for dental hypnotics and alternatives?

Relieving your anxiety and fear around dentistry can happen in one of several different ways. Albemarle Dental Associates provides a designated relaxation room and offers the following options:


Hypnotherapy helps relieve stress, promote relaxation, and even manage pain. It works by shifting your attention away from your negative feelings and expectations. 

NuCalm® relaxation therapy

NuCalm relaxation therapy is a technology-based in neuroscience that calms your nerves without medication. It delivers certain sound frequencies into your brain to slow your brain waves and interrupt the flow of adrenaline. 

Nitrous and sedation

Nitrous and sedation are not the same as dental hypnotics, but they have the same effect. Sedation uses medications like nitrous oxide to help you relax during dental work, and the effects wear off quickly, in time for you to safely drive home. 

Deeper forms of sedation, which require a ride home from the office, may be available too. 

To schedule an appointment at Albemarle Dental Associates, and learn more about dental hypnotics, call the office or book your consultation online today.

Albemarle Dental Associates
✆ Phone (appointments): 434-443-5212
✆ Phone (general inquiries): 434-293-8944
Address: 2250 Old Ivy Road, Suite 3, Charlottesville, VA 22903