Most of the people generally fear their first visit to their dentists. The idea of going under drilling tools as well as scalpel of the surgeon, bring shivers down the spine of many. Although there are some anesthetic drugs which provide the patient relieve from all the pain, the fear itself does ward off.
But a specialist from Auckland has come up with a claim that some people can be hypnotized deeply enough to get their teeth done without the need of any anesthetic drug. Dr. Bob Large, a psychiatrist and pain medicine specialist was speaking at a conference in Perth where he mentioned that hypnosis could be used for pain relief in all patients, including, in some cases, those having surgery.
The practice of hypnosis is hundreds of year old, but its popularity has seen some ups and down. With some people believe that it is just a scam and it really does not work like it is shown, many have been lobbying for it. Dr. Large also mentioned that there are up to 15% people who are highly hypnotizable. These people could possibly undergo some kind of surgery, such as gallbladder or thyroid gland removal, without the need of any anesthetic.