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Tips For Coping With Your First Dental Visit After Childhood Sexual Abuse

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Coping With Your First Dental Visit After Childhood Sexual Abuse

According to studies, roughly 20 percent of female dental patients experience sexual abuse as children. For these patients, dental visits are often incredibly frightening as they summon memories of the loss of control felt during the abuse. If you’ve been avoiding going to the dentist because of a history of sexual abuse, here are some tips to help you quell your fear and anxiety so you can get the dental treatment you need. Practice Relaxation Techniques Well before you schedule your dentist appointment, experiment with various relaxation techniques. Your goal is to find a technique that can effectively slow your heart rate and relax your breathing and muscles in times of stress. Relaxed breathing exercises, visualization, and both passive and progressive muscle relaxation are all techniques that you can perform whilst sitting in your dentist’s chair.  Schedule A Preliminary...

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