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Refocused – coping with the anxiety of the pandemic

Aisling Doherty from Mental Health Ireland explores the ways to cope with the stress and anxiety of the pandemic. As we enter the phased return for reopening our society and businesses in Ireland, our government has provided us with a roadmap of how current restrictions can be lifted. They give us details of how, and … Continued

‘On-the-go’ app helps patients with dental phobias

A new app – Dental Republik – provides dental phobic patients with on-the-go access to tailored answers from professional dentists.  Available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, Dental Republik connects patients with qualified dentists to resolve their dental queries. Patients are able to use a variety of pre-loaded questions or ask their own, as well as upload supporting materials … Continued

Dental phobia conference tackles anxiety, welcomes new president

Dental phobia came to the forefront last month at the Irish Society for Disability and Oral Health’s (ISDH) annual conference in Dublin. Almost 100 dental professionals attended the one-day interactive workshop. The day was led by Professor Tim Newton, a consultant psychologist from King’s College London. According to the ISDH, the aim of the conference … Continued

Watching cartoons eases child dental anxiety

Watching cartoons during dental treatment could lessen children’s anxiety, distress and disruptive behaviour. In a study, 56 ‘uncooperative’ children underwent three separate treatment visits involving an oral examination, injection with local anaesthetic, and tooth restoration (max 30 minutes). The researchers monitored each child’s vital signs, blood pressure, and pulse. Children rated their own anxiety as … Continued

Antidepressants link with implant failure

Antidepressants have been linked to a higher rate of dental implant failure. Antidepressants have been shown to affect bone metabolism and may be more likely to develop xerostomia, according to The use of both antidepressants and patients with dental implants has increased in the last 10 years in the US. ‘Antidepressants are the second … Continued