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"Study of online information for anxious patients requiring dental extractions"

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In this month's edition of the British Dental Journal, Victoria Mellish examines resources for anxious patients who are needing to have teeth removed. The following webpages were recommended:

Reliable online oral surgery information for anxious patients:

OrganisationPatient InformationSummary
NHS ChoicesAudioguides: Moodzone - 'Mental wellbeing audio guides'Excellent 6-7 minute podcast on anxiety control, unhelpful thinking and more
Webpage: Healthy body - Head - Teeth - 'Fear of the dentist'Easy to read, does not address extractions
Dental Fear CentralWebpage: 'Relaxation'Excellent extensive information, links, podcasts and diagrams, high school reading age
Webpage: 'Is dental sedation right for me'Excellent thorough information and links to other active relaxation techniques, reading age above national average
British Association of Oral Surgeons (BAOS)Leaflet: 'Oral surgery'Three-page A4 document, university-level readability, covers oral surgery commissioning and referrals, no images
Leaflet: 'Conscious sedation'Four-page A4 document, university-level readability, covers expectations, techniques, patient instructions, no images
Royal College of Surgeons (RCS)Leaflet: 'Get well soon: wisdom teeth extraction'Excellent 13-page thorough postoperative instructions leaflet, traffic light recovery tracker
Oral Health FoundationWebpage: 'What to do following an extraction'List of postoperative advice, easy to read, link to helpline
Webpage: 'My fear of the dentist'Excellent anxious patient FAQs, easy to read, link to helpline


(source:
BRITISH DENTAL JOURNAL | VOLUME 227 NO. 5 | SEPTEMBER 13 2019)
 
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