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Liverpool Laughology Dentist

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Just grin and bear it at the dentists

Jul 29 2008 by Ben Turner, Liverpool Echo
Just grin and bear it at the dentist’s

A LIVERPOOL dentist has hired humour experts to get to the root of patients’ fears.
Patients at the city centre Pall Mall dental clinic will be given the option of having their ribs tickled before braving the dentist’s chair.
The practice has teamed up with Hanover Street-based humour consultancy Laughology, which specialises in using comedy to diffuse stress.
Founder Stephanie Davies will run “laughter technique” classes at the clinic during August in a bid to extract as much fear as possible from patients.
The workshops include face pulling, telling jokes and asking participants to perform mini stand-up sketches, all designed to reduce stress hormones and distract anxious visitors.
The clinic signed up the scheme after statistics showed a trip to the dentist is seen as no laughing matter by a quarter of patients.
Ms Davies said: “Humour helps shape outlook. It allows us to detach emotionally from a situation and instead focus on solutions.
“It can help us to live in the present moment and not be distracted by the negative.”
The unusual measure comes after British Dental Association figures showed one in four people in the UK feels anxious about visiting the dentist and regularly avoids appointments.
Clinic director Dr Andrew Healy said: “All dental health problems can be avoided and are preventable when caught and treated in time.
“I hope this unique partnership will help reduce anxiety and fears, and encourage regular fear-free visits to the dentist.”
The move has won the backing of patients. Liverpool university graduate Hannah Watson, 22, from Aigburth, said: “I know I desperately need to visit the dentist but I am too frightened.
“I like the idea of the Laughology classes in Pall Mall clinic because it is something I would genuinely like to do.”




source: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/live...-and-bear-it-at-the-dentists-100252-21421310/
 
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This sounds like something they'd do in a comedic Anime.
 
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This dentist posted on here in the Find a Dentist Section once so he clearly is serious about reducing patient fear..note he is wearing navy not white...way way better!
 
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Slightly off topic but anyway, Brit, in Finland I think I've never seen a dentist wear white! A "hospital green" (don't know in that says anything to foreigners) would be more likely here.
 
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Slightly off topic but anyway, Brit, in Finland I think I've never seen a dentist wear white! A "hospital green" (don't know in that says anything to foreigners) would be more likely here.
'Hospital green' in UK means operating theatre only. I think green is less scary/clinical than white.
 
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:ROFLMAO:Frank! Thank you. That is so funny and exactly what hygeniests should wear if nothing else to break the ice.

My dentist wears regular clothes. (Trouser pants with a polo or casual dress shirt). Lol, I never really thought (or cared) much about his wardrobe but there you have it. :)

What I do notice and what "counts" is he "wears" compassion.

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