Helping an individual to overcome a fear of dental surgery
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Helping an individual to overcome a fear of dental surgery

Rob Mirow Acting lead community nurse, and specialist practitioner, counsellor and psychotherapist, Community learning disabilities team, Trafford Primary Care Trust

Rob Mirow explains how a solution-focused approach was used to help a man with challenging behaviour to cope with a fear of dental treatment and safely have his teeth extracted

Tom had rotten and painful teeth, disliked dentists and hated hospitals, yet he wantedhis teeth removed and dentures fitted. The use of solution-focused therapy and a skilled and dedicated team accompanied Tom on a challenging journey towards better dental health and improved quality of life. This article highlights how important it can be to avoid imposing ideas on clients but to allow their wisdom and insight to reveal solutions to deep-seated problems.

Learning Disability Practice. 12, 3,26-28. doi: 10.7748/ldp2009.04.12.3.26.c6992

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