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I need some advice for dealing with anxiety and dental phobia?

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Dr. Kerry Ragain answered

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At least two options: With the phobia try desensitization approaches, including 1) establishing a practice that builds your ability to stay calm in the face of the anxiety. This could include mindfulness or meditation practices; then 2) expose yourself to images associated with the feared procedures; then 3) use your calming practice to cope with feelings as they arise. If this doesn't help consult with a professional.

Answered 5/24/2015

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Dr. Paul Grin answered

Specializes in Pain Management

You are not alone: If you fear a visit to the dentist, you are not alone, many people experience dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry is providing a safe, comfortable relaxing and anxiety-free experience for certain people receiving any dental treatment. Depending on your degree of fear or anxiety, different levels of sedation may be required include general anesthesia.

Answered 5/24/2015

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Dental phobia: consider Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Psychotherapy, Exposure therapy (imaginal exposure therapy, systematic desensitization, flooding, prolonged exposure therapy, in vivo exposure therapy) or hypnosis as possible options. Psychotropic medications are sometimes indicated as well.

Answered 11/27/2017

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Dr. Howard Gurr answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

VRT for Phobias: Phobias and anxieties respond well to Virtual Reality Therapy(VRT). VRT is exposure therapy in a safe environment. The research suggests VRT is 90% effective. Seek out a therapist who uses VRT in your area. You can find providers through www.psious.com, www.limbix.com, or www.virtuallybetter.com.

Answered 10/30/2017

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