The Dental Mental Network: Dealing with mental health in the dental profession

Alonzo Osche

Psychological therapy once held a stigma. Many people resisted seeking therapy and were ashamed to tell family and friends that they needed it. Fortunately, today it is more likely to be treated the same way we do a physical ailment. But a doctor or therapist who is trained to help us cope with life has no idea what psychological trauma dentistry dishes out. How can we describe the angst of trying to inject a sweating, phobic patient or the sneer of a patient who thinks they are paying for that proverbial Mercedes? How can they understand a post-COVID-19 dental world

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