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Cosmetic Dentistry

June 11, 2013

Cosmetic dentistry is a very popular term that is used by many dentists to distinguish themselves from other general dental practitioners. I take exception to the use of this term as I feel that all dental treatment needs to be of the highest functional and cosmetic calibre. Certainly, dental treatment that is done especially on […]

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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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