This section is from the book "Handbook Of Suggestive Therapeutics, Applied Hypnotism, Psychic Science", by Henry S. Munro. Also available from Amazon: Handbook of Suggestive Therapeutics, Applied Hypnotism, Psychic Science.
A young man, aged 24, by occupation a drug clerk, had serious valvular lesions, and cocain, or chloroform, or ether was positively forbidden by his physician.
At his request I hypnotized him in the presence of three well-known physicians and surgeons, and two large molar teeth were extracted without pain, and he was less nervous after the operation than before he took his seat in the chair. Two of the physicians examined the heart before and after the operation, and remarked upon the improved nervous condition. After inducing hypnosis I suggested that he open his mouth, and, applying a small quantity of an antiseptic solution upon some cotton around his tooth, suggested that all feeling was going away, that his gum, and tooth, and jaw were becoming perfectly dead, that by the time I counted five that entire side of his face would have no feeling in it, and that the dentist could extract the tooth without the patient feeling any pain.
To use hypnotism or suggestion with, success in surgery or dentistry, you must have the confidence of your patient. In fact, the best results from suggestive therapeutics in all classes of practice can be obtained only where a perfect confidential relation exists between the patient and the attending physician. For that reason suggestive therapeutics will never be particularly applicable to general hospital work, but in private practice, where the physician is brought into close relation to his patient, an ideal condition is presented.