Using virtual hypnotherapy sessions, digital sedation can augment pharmacological sedation during some medical procedures.
The uses for virtual reality are seemingly endless as more and more VR-related digital solutions are popping up across the health industry, often in surprising ways. Oncomfort is another medtech company using VR to improve patient comfort by applying it in place of, or in addition to, pharmacological sedation.
Oncomfort’s modules are available in 12 different languages for children and adults. The virtual hypnotherapy sessions help patients disconnect from pain and anxiety, making them more comfortable through a variety of medical procedures. The digital sedation solution can be used in dentistry, labour, for biopsies, and plenty more. For more intensive operations, the sessions could be undertaken before or after the procedure.
Oncomfort’s digital sedation has been used in more than 100 hospitals on over 60,000 patients. It has been shown to decrease the duration of procedures, significantly reduce involuntary movements, and increase patient satisfaction. Its potential ability to reduce the use of sedatives such as midazolam eliminates the possibility of side effects. Digital sedation can be a cost-efficient alternative to increase patient comfort and reduce anxiety during procedures.
“The applications of virtual reality are fascinating – We’ve seen the use of VR in smoking cessation, mental health and surgical training. Having recently purchased my headset, I can see the appeal. But, it’s important to note the technology might not be for everyone, and some people do suffer from adverse effects. Oncomfort recently raised 10 million euros in funding, a sign of the times and ongoing innovation in the area. Non-drug approaches to healthcare are always valued when supported with evidence of impact.” – Dr Vinay Shankar