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

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Dr. Kerry Ragain
23 years experience Clinical Psychology
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 on May 24, 2015
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience 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 on May 24, 2015
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience 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 on Nov 27, 2017
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Dr. Imad Khreim
Dr. Imad Khreim commented
38 years experience Psychiatry
best if you start with Cognitive therapy , but if not readily available , the second choice is to see a psychiatrist who specializes or at least experienced in treatment of anxiety disorders to help. good luck and feel better
May 24, 2015
Dr. Howard Gurr
39 years experience 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 on Oct 30, 2017

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Psychotherapy: There are effective psychological treatments for phobias. See a behavioral therapist for treatment.
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As above: U have multiple symptoms and u may benefit from seeing a psychotherapist.
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A visit: Visit the dentist with someone and observe some pleasant experiences.
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