Dr Tariq Drabu Says There May Be a Link Between Dental Fear and Gagging

Dr Tariq Drabu said “Studies have revealed that those with gagging problems are more likely to fear visiting the dentist, holding off on dental appointments until they are in severe pain.”

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Dr Tariq Drabu

Mentioning fears and why they are scared can help us keep them calm, put their minds at ease and distract them while treatment is being carried out.

(PRWEB) May 29, 2014

Dr Tariq Drabu is a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon. He is one of the youngest dentists to ever graduate in the UK and spent years working in busy dental hospitals in the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia. On his return to the UK, Dr Drabu achieved his Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. He is the owner of the successful Langley Dental Practice and is also the Clinical Lead Dentist for the Oral Surgery Clinical Assessment and Treatment Services at NHS Heywood Middleton and Rochdale. Dr Drabu also finds time to mentor and tutor postgraduate dentists in oral surgery at the UCLAN Dental Clinic in Preston.

Dr Tariq Drabu was speaking about an article published in the Denistry Today website on a correlation that may exist between gagging and dental fear. The full article can be read here.

Dr Tariq Drabu in Manchester said “Recent information reveals that patients with gagging problems may have an increased fear of dentists. The information was revealed by the authors of the “Gagging and it’s Associations with Dental Care – Related Fear, Fear of Pain and Beliefs About Treatment” medical article. This article was recently published in The Journal of the American Dental Association.”

Dr Tariq Drabu went on to say “As a dental professional it is my duty to ensure that my patients are relaxed, comfortable and understand the treatment options available. As dental professionals, it is important that we take the time to speak to our patients and learn their fears of the treatments taking place. As the majority of our work requires us to actually work on the patient, it is helpful to take the time to understand the fears of our patients, taking steps to keep them calm and help distract them. In our CATS oral surgery service we are able to offer treatment under intravenous sedation which considerably reduces any gag reflex that a patient may have.”

Dr Tariq Drabu closed in saying “It is important that patients feel comfortable enough to be open with their dental professional. Mentioning fears and why they are scared can help us keep them calm, put their minds at ease and distract them while treatment is being carried out. At Langley Dental Practice we always take time to speak to our patients, discuss the treatment options available and ask them if they have any concerns, helping us ensure we provide them with the best patient care possible.”

About Dr Tariq Drabu
Dr Tariq Drabu is a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon. This Manchester born and educated dentist was one of the youngest dentists to graduate in the United Kingdom. He has worked at some of the busiest hospitals in the UK and Saudi Arabia and completed his Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is the owner of the very successful Langley Dental Practice and is also the Clinical Lead Dentist for the Oral Surgery Clinical Assessment and Treatment Services at NHS Heywood Middleton and Rochdale. Tariq Drabu also teaches and mentors postgraduate dentists in oral surgery at the UCLAN Dental Clinic in Preston.


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