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  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assisting
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): A. J. Barnert, BS, RDH, MA, MFT
Peer Reviewer(s): Toni M. Roucka, RN, DDS, MA
Item#: L0829
Contents: 1 Course Book (32 pages)
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Hypnosis in Dentistry: Implications and Risks, 2nd Edition

Price $29.95
Item # L0829
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Review Date: February 7, 2017

Expiration Date: February 6, 2020

Original Release Date: July 30, 2013


This basic-level course describes the nature of hypnosis, the history of its use in medicine and dentistry, and its specific application for pain. Areas where hypnotism is particularly relevant to dental practice are identified and its limitations are noted. The course explains the training involved for dental hypnotism and explores the integration of hypnotism into one's dental practice. Although hypnotism in dentistry might require less training and expertise than would be required for psychotherapeutic uses, it is still helpful for the dental practitioner to be familiar with its history and theoretical considerations. Having historical background knowledge lends insight into the extent to which hypnosis is accepted by both the lay and scientific communities.

A solid understanding of the theory, application, and effects of hypnosis can help dental practitioners navigate patient fear of, or interest in, its use. The course describes the measures individual dental practitioners can take to influence patient acceptance of hypnotism. It also provides advice on how dental practitioners might find appropriate training in hypnosis and incorporate aspects of hypnotism into their practices.



AGD Subject Code: 130
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.



Course Objectives

  • Describe the general nature and application of hypnosis.
  • Outline the history, uses, and efficacy of hypnotism outside of dentistry.
  • Identify the uses and limitations of hypnotism in dentistry.
  • Describe the training process for and integration of dental hypnotism.


A. J. Barnert, BS, RDH, MA, MFT, holds a bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene from the University of Southern California and a master of arts degree in marriage, family, and child counseling from Phillips Graduate Institute in Encino, California. Ms. Barnert is a registered dental hygienist and certified children’s social worker. In addition to maintaining a private social work practice, Ms. Barnert has been affiliated with Counseling4Kids and Wilshire Valley Therapy. She works as a dental hygienist at a family dental practice in Woodland Hills, California. Her community involvements include developing dental health programs for underserved children in public schools and working with children in the foster care sys­tem. She is a member of both the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the California Family Study Center Alumni Association. As a public speaker, she has presented workshops on interventions to help the bereaved and published on divorce as an opportunity for growth.


Toni M. Roucka, RN, DDS, MA, is an associate professor of restorative dentistry at Southern Illinois University, School of Dental Medicine, Edwardsville. She maintains an active nursing license and is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and immediate past president of the American Society for Dental Ethics. Dr. Roucka obtained her DDS degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry and master’s degree in population health – bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Dr. Roucka is a nationally recognized speaker on the subject of ethics in dentistry and has taught restorative dentistry at both Marquette University and the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. As a volunteer, she has provided dental care to underserved populations in Guatemala, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and Tanzania.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.