Anodyne Awareness is a concise set of language
and rapport techniques used by medical and dental professionals.
As a new component of their practice, physicians, nurses, dentists,
dental assistants and other health care professionals use Anodyne
techniques to help patients very quickly relax and relieve pain
and anxiety, regardless of the circumstances.
The specific Anodyne techniques have been refined through
clinical use with hundreds of patients undergoing a wide variety
of medical and dental procedures, and are successful with virtually
Because Anodyne is conversational and fluid, it accompanies
any procedure without requiring extra time. In fact, Anodyne
patients' greater ability to relax and cooperate saves time and
enhances procedural efficiency.
The specific techniques of Anodyne Awareness are drawn from
the fields of hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), intuitive
awareness, guided imagery, and conscious breathing. Anodyne is
grounded in clinical experience of what works quickly and effectively
in the acute, time-conscious domain of modern medical and dental
Anodyne is useful in any procedure where patient comfort is
an issue and serves especially well as a complementary alternative
to pharmacological conscious sedation for relief of pain and
anxiety. Anodyne is also used to quickly control physiological
processes such as blood pressure, heart rate, bleeding, peristalsis,
and rapid metabolizing of chemical anesthesia. Because it is
fluid and conversational, the Anodyne interaction takes no additional
time and most often saves time.
Although Anodyne is technique-based, it is not a modality
or form of therapy. Rather, it is a new way of bringing higher
awareness and mindfulness to every patient interaction. Medical
professionals also trained as Anodyne practitioners have many
more choices for successfully interacting with patients. Patients
feel empowered as they learn relaxation tools they can use anytime.
While interviewing the patient or preparing them for a procedure,
the practitioner internally accesses Anodyne Awareness and
uses instant rapport techniques and special language patterns
to help the patient relax.
If the patient is experiencing anxiety or pain, the practitioner
uses Anodyne imagery, relaxation, breathing or pain control techniques
to quickly relieve the patient's discomfort.
With the introduction of a potentially painful stimulus such
as an injection, tube placement or catheter, the practitioner
helps the patient shifts their awareness to competing sensations
(e.g. warmth, coolness or fullness). Patients remain conscious
and cooperative, responding to the staff when necessary.
Several studies of the effectiveness of Anodyne have been
conducted and two have been published:
Lang E, Hamilton D. Anodyne Imagery:
An Alternative to IV Sedation in Interventional Radiology.
American Journal of Radiology 1994;162:1221-1226
Lang E, Joyce J, Spiegel D, Hamilton D, Lee K. Self-Hypnotic
Relaxation During Interventional Radiological Procedures: Effects
on Pain Perception and Intravenous Drug Use; The International
Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis 1996; 293194
For citations of related studies visit the Anodyne Bibliography.