Dental Anxiety

How to Deal With Your Child’s Dental Anxiety

February 19, 2014

By Dilia Narduzzi, Canadian Family Ever since she was a kid, Chris Giovanni* didn’t like going to the dentist. The sound of the drill, and the needles made her anxious about each visit. Now, her eight-year-old son, Julien, is in the same boat. “Even before he had cavities, he didn’t like the experience. He is […]

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Treatment of Dental Anxiety

November 26, 2012

Once the crucial assessment of dental anxiety has been completed specific techniques can be identified that target the individual’s specific anxiety issues. Control Techniques: Behavioural A fear of loss of control is a common issue identified in anxiety assessment. Factors contributing to control issues are patient position during dental treatment. Dental treatment is accomplished with […]

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Dental Anxiety Assessment

October 21, 2011

The assessment of dental anxiety is the most important aspect of treating dental anxiety. Often patients will report a generalized “I just don’t like the dentist”. These reactions must be explored carefully and the exact nature/cause/source of the anxiety has to be identified in order to then correctly establish the treatment modalities for addressing the […]

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Why am I so Scared of the Dentist?

June 20, 2011

The causes of dental anxiety can be simply categorized as those resulting from a direct experience or an indirect experience. DIRECT EXPERIENCES Research has shown that dental fear generally starts in childhood (85%) and the dentist’s professional behaviour/interpersonal behaviour was the most important cause. When fear was acquired in adult years pain was the most […]

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Dental Anxiety Introduction

May 13, 2011

Definitions Dental anxiety is a highly prevalent condition affecting approximately 30% of the population. Dental anxiety can be distinguished from dental fear and phobia by the way our mind and body react. Dental fear is an individual’s emotional response to a perceived threat or danger. It includes negative thoughts and physiological changes such as increased […]

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