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



Staff member
Jan 1, 2005
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