When a patient is obviously anxious about being in the dental treatment room and wants a quick procedure for experiencing a relaxing hypnotic state, the 5-minute relaxation exercise, developed by the author in 1982, is offered. The patient does this hypnotic exercise before the dental procedure is initiated. There is no need for the doctor to be present while the patient is experiencing the calming affects. Copies of this tape can be given to patients to practice at home, or the tape can be listened to as the first part of the dental visit.
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