Tips for Dealing with Dental Anxiety

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Would you like to improve your skills in helping your patients with a dental phobia, fear or anxiety? Read tips that work from experienced clinicians and share your own tips.

Would you like to improve your skills in helping your patients with a dental phobia, fear or anxiety? Read tips that work from experienced clinicians and share your own tips.

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Tips for dealing with a sensitive gag reflex

Tips for dealing with choking fears

Stop and coping signals

How to prevent fainting (blood-injury-injection phobia)

An example of a needle phobia desensitisation protocol

Loss of Control: This page, while aimed at patients, contains a range of tips which dentists can use to help their patients feel in control.

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Explain-Ask-Show-Do by Fraser Hendrie BDS

The Art and Science of Distraction by Lloyd Jerome BDS

Acclimatising Child Patients (BDJ, 2013): A collection of tips by Murray Hawkins, many of which can also work well with some adult patients.

Dentistry Uncensored with Mike Gow: this interview covers tips for helping nervous patients, painless injections, a discussion of the Wand and similar devices, sedation, and hypnosis.

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Lower molar extraction, gagging, autism, fear of blood and emetophobia – how to ensure that blood stops immediately

More tips

Tips for dealing with a sensitive gag reflex

Tips for dealing with choking fears

Stop and coping signals

How to prevent fainting (blood-injury-injection phobia)

An example of a needle phobia desensitisation protocol

Loss of Control: This page, while aimed at patients, contains a range of tips which dentists can use to help their patients feel in control.

Structured Time

Explain-Ask-Show-Do by Fraser Hendrie BDS

The Art and Science of Distraction by Lloyd Jerome BDS

Acclimatising Child Patients (BDJ, 2013): A collection of tips by Murray Hawkins, many of which can also work well with some adult patients.

Dentistry Uncensored with Mike Gow: this interview covers tips for helping nervous patients, painless injections, a discussion of the Wand and similar devices, sedation, and hypnosis.

From our message boards

Lower molar extraction, gagging, autism, fear of blood and emetophobia – how to ensure that blood stops immediately