Self-hypnosis downloads for oral surgery healing?
September 3, 2010 5:16 AM Subscribe
Recommend a self-hypnosis tape (online download preferred) to listen to in preparation for wisdom tooth extraction.
posted by pants to Health & Fitness (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm getting all 4 wisdom teeth out next week. Hurrah! I'm hoping to avoid opiate painkillers, and my Mom told me she had a great experience when she got hers out (also later in life) by listening to self-hypnosis tapes before the surgery.
My Mom recalls these tapes (were custom made for her by her therapist at the time, which would have been the mid-'80s in the US) as the following:
a self-hypnosis version of calmly reminding one's self of the fact that the pain was not with you but somewhere outside you, somewhere out there. You imagined that your gums were packed in ice, that no swelling would occur, that no blood would issue forth from your wound, positive affirmations of painfree, non-swelling response to the procedure. "Close your eyes, count to ten backwards as you relax from your toes to your forehead. Your gums are cool, surrounded in ice, but not uncomfortable, blood flow is slowed to the gums, swelling doesn't occur, because you are relaxed and blood is flowing slowly away from the gums, carrying away the discomfort and leaving the gums cool, calm, the pain removed and out there."
Now, I've searched online, but really only found one source for downloading something like this (see tooth extraction download for $9.99 here
). Does anyone else have experience with this? Could you recommend a source for me to download a self-hypnosis MP3 (dental surgery specific preferred)?
Notes: I will still be planning to use prescription painkillers, but hopefully can manage with just prescription-strength Motrin, which the oral surgeon has recommended. I'm not planning on using hypnosis instead of other pain meds, but I'm curious and open to trying it out, woo-woo skepticism nonwithstanding. I've gone under hypnosis before in a therapeutic setting and was told that I was very easily 'put under' if that helps.