Are you afraid of the dentist, perhaps downright terrified? If so, you are not alone! Many of us suffer from dental anxiety. But there is no need to be ashamed of it, not to rule our lives, since there are many ways for us to combat it.
The first step is to admit to the fear. The next is to learn about dental phobias and how they can be overcome. Here is a selection of resources to help. (Also see Scleroderma Dental Involvement, What is Scleroderma?, Types of Scleroderma, and Systemic Sclerosis)
What is Dental Phobia? Dental phobia causes a lot of distress, and impacts on other aspects of the individual's life, not just their oral health. We'll help you realize you are not alone with your fears; identify your fears; and provide concrete, hands-on tips and suggestions for overcoming them. Dental Fear Central.
Getting To The Root Of Dental Phobia. Dental professionals and patients should work together to ensure the patient is comfortable and prepared for each visit. While there have been advances in anxiety control, including pharmacological interventions, there also are simple things patients can do to help ease their fears. Medical News Today. 03/31/09.
Dental Anxiety and Sedation Dentistry. If you, a loved one, or your child has a fear of dentists, including dental anxiety or severe dental phobia, it is best to contact a dentist or pediatric dentist in your area to discuss your treatment alternatives. Sedation dentistry now enables fearful patients to attend their appointments and receive the treatment they need. DocShop.
Dental Phobia and Dental Anxiety: A Five-Minute Cure. Although many dentists will try to convince you that these fears are unfounded, we believe that there are actually many good reasons (even aside from painful past dental experiences) to feel anxious about visiting the dentist. By understanding these reasons and utilizing our simple techniques, dental anxiety can become a thing of the past! Stephanie Yampolsky, DDS.
How to Deal with a Bad Gag Reflex. Quite a few people have a sensitive gag reflex. This can be very upsetting when you want to have dental treatment. Gagging can be due to psychological factors, or physiological factors, or both. Psychological factors can include fear of loss of control and past traumatic experiences. Dozens of tips for dealing with a gag reflex. Dental Fear Central.
Scleroderma: considerations for dental hygienists. Appropriate dental hygiene management of patients with this autoimmune disorder requires an understanding of clinical characteristics, the recognition of oral facial involvement, treatment considerations and pharmacological interventions. SL Tolle.(Blackwell Synergy) Int J Dent Hygiene 6, 2008; 77–83.
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