New Study Aims to Determine if Sensory Stimuli can Ease Dental Anxiety in Children, Notes Medical Center Dental Care

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Yet, the San Fernando Valley area dental clinic comments that, until the study concludes, parents must make sure that their child’s dentist has the right kind of chairside manner.

Medical Center Dental Care strives to make their office a relaxing and enjoyable space.

... this is a promising study that may provide dental professionals everywhere with insights about how to best care for patients with increased sensitivity to feeling dental anxiety.

According to a June 15th report from USC News, a USC research team has received a $3.1 million grant to study how sensory stimuli can be used to “decrease children’s anxiety and negative responses during oral care.” The study, with a special emphasis on improving care for children with autism, will compare patient experience in a “typical dental environment” with one that provides “visual, auditory and tactile stimulation during dental treatment.” According to the dental specialists at Medical Center Dental Care, this is a promising study that may provide dental professionals everywhere with insights about how to best care for patients with increased sensitivity to feeling dental anxiety. Yet, the clinic notes, the study will not be concluded for another five years, and patients must have access to proper care in the meantime. Here are three things provided by Medical Center Dental Care right now that help their patients feel comfortable:

1.    Pediatric Specialists – While any dentist who practices on adults is technically able to treat children, pediatric specialists are those that know how to properly interact with children to ensure that they are comfortable and aware of what is best for their dental health. According to the dental clinic, parents concerned about how their children will respond to treatment are better off going with a children’s dentist in Woodland Hills like Dr. Magnolia Becker, who has years of experience working and communicating with kids.

2.    Increased Communication – When dealing with either children or adults, it is important for dentists to always keep the patient informed as to what the dentist is doing, and what they are about to do, says Medical Center Dental Care. Because a lot of anxiety arises when patients do not feel like they are in control of the situation, communication throughout every step of the process eliminates the mystery of dental work, thus also eliminating much of the stress that comes along with it.

3.    Inviting Environment – While care provided by the dentists themselves is most important, it is also important for any West Hills dentist to make sure that their facilities give off a warm and inviting feeling. Medical Center Dental Care points to their comfortable waiting room and their TVs in front of the dental chairs as examples of steps that they have taken to help patients take their mind off of any negative feelings they may have.

Until a revolutionary breakthrough in patient comfort is developed, dentists must be proactive in doing everything they can to promote patient comfort, says Medical Center Dental Care. Anyone interested in scheduling an appointment for their children or their selves may call (818) 452-0038 or visit them online at http://www.MC-WestHillsDentalCare.com.

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