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Can a doctor give a sedative before drawing blood for people who have a fear of needles?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
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In brief: Fear of needles

Not customarily done.
Usual procedure is distraction plus reassurance. If all fails & it is not an emergency, appointment is rescheduled & a mild sedative may be tried an hour before the procedure, as prescribed by your doctor.

In brief: Fear of needles

Not customarily done.
Usual procedure is distraction plus reassurance. If all fails & it is not an emergency, appointment is rescheduled & a mild sedative may be tried an hour before the procedure, as prescribed by your doctor.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: CBT

Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias.
One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable.

In brief: CBT

Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias.
One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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