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Dental Anxiety: The Effects on Oral Health and Dental Treatment.

By Mandi Cobb, Mandi Cobb and Pamela Rettig


PosterObjective: The objective of this case presentation is to educate the dental professional on the management of a patient with dental anxiety. Assessment: A 20 year old Caucasian male presented to the dental hygiene clinic for a cleaning at the request of his grandmother. The patient reported a negative medical history with the exception of anxiety to dental care. Due to this anxiety, consent was obtained from the patient to speak with the grandmother in regards to his medical history. At this time, the grandmother disclosed that the patient had a traumatic dental experience as a child and has not been to the dentist since that event occurred. Clinically, the patient presented with generalized severe gingivitis as evidenced by red, rolled, spongy tissue with bleeding upon probing due to the presence of heavy calculus. Despite the inflammation present, bones levels are healthy. The patient reported never brushing his teeth due to pain and fear of causing pain to himself. DH Care plan: Patient received full mouth debridement, modified adult prophylaxis, and extensive oral hygiene instruction. Treatment: Experimental techniques were utilized throughout the course of treatment in order to ease anxiety while providing effective treatment. Results: Experimental methods that were used throughout treatment proved effective for the completion of full mouth debridement and adult prophylaxis. Conclusions: The patient presented with extensive gingivitis and heavy calculus deposits. For optimal success in the future, a short recall is necessary for the patient to receive continued extensive dental hygiene therapy

Year: 2015
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