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Sedation dentistry helps patients overcome anxiety issues

from The Reporter

Barb Nelson is a business manager at an office that caters to people with dental anxiety. For a long time, no one knew she was one of the fearful. When Dr. Kent Botsford of Fond du Lac, Wis., began helping Nelson with an issue beyond a routine cleaning, he recalled seeing tears of fear. There are a number of reasons people are fearful of dental procedures, just as there are reasons people have phobias associated with spiders, cobwebs, blood and heights. "My focus is not what [the fear] is, but how to show the patient in a nonjudgmental way that I understand their emotional level of fear," Botsford said. "That, in and of itself, is a fear-reducer." more

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