Dr. Mahfujul Haq
Khan BDS, DDS (Dhaka), PhD (JApan) Ora & Dental Surgeon BIRDEM hospital
Questions have been raised regarding anxiety about a visit to the dentist.
I hope this topic will help those having Dental Phobia!
you are worried about dental treatment then you are not alone. In the
USA, between 6-14% of the population avoid attending the dentist because
of anxiety about treatment (should be more in South-East Asia!). Between
45-55% of patients who attended the dentist are anxious in the dental
reasons people fear attending the dentist are varied and include pain,
cost of treatment, lack of control while in the dental chair, embarrassment
and fear of the unknown. The cause of dental anxiety is usually a previous
bad experience, but can be caused indirectly through horror stories
about dental treatment from family, friends and even the media. What
do you fear most about going to the dentist? Just the thought of having
a needle inserted into your cheek and a cavity removed from your tooth
is enough to bring tears to the eyes. However, surprisingly it is not
the actual dental procedure that most often terrifies patients. According
to surveys, the sight of a needle and the sound of the drill were the
two most feared elements of dentistry.
Physiological factors related to dental pain
Because of the oral cavity's proximity to the brain, as well
as the complex nerve structure of the head and neck, dental pain is
often more severe than pain in other parts of the body. One of the most
troublesome biological factors that dentists must deal with is bacterial
infection. In addition to the sensitivity caused by infections, the
initial inability to drain of oral infections in the teeth and bony
structures results in the buildup of pressure. As bacteria quickly multiplies
and produces gaseous toxins, pressure increases and pain results. If
an infection is neglected for even a day or two, the pressure can become
When you make the appointment to see the dentist, tell the
receptionist you are nervous about treatment. This first appointment
will usually be to discuss your fears about treatment and to do an initial
examination of your teeth.
Behavior management: This is the simplest method of treatment for nervous
patients. It involves a careful and sympathetic approach from the dentist,
with explanations of what is being done and allowing the patient control
over the procedure. Some patients may want to bring a friend along for
support. It may also be possible to play relaxing music or to watch
a video while having treatment.
course, the most important way to reduce the pain involved in maintaining
oral health is by focusing on preventive care instead of the treatment
of problems. If you've put off going to the dentist for years and have
neglected regular flossing or brushing, you may be experiencing advanced
stages of tooth decay or gum disease - both painful problems. The further
decay spreads, the more radical the treatment required. This causes
trauma to the tooth and gums that results in discomfort.
advances in dentistry
Dentistry has come a long way over the last few years and many of you
will be surprised on your next visit. Even if you have put off going
to the dentist and are experiencing problems, your dentist has new ways
to provide relatively painless treatment. For invasive procedures such
as wisdom tooth extractions, biopsies and complex root canal surgery,
nerve block is often administered. This involves the injection of an
anesthetic to block sensation to the nerve that sends pain signals to
the brain. By blocking the nerve with an anesthetic, the dentist can
numb the area requiring treatment for a specific period of time. To
eliminate the discomfort associated with injections, topical agents
are applied to tissues prior to the injection A soothing atmosphere
and a calm, reassuring dentist can make your next dental visit more
Chowdhury Guidance Counselor
My friend's three-year old daughter is a "problem child".
She is very hyperactive, and always picks fights with other children
in the nursery. Feeding her at mealtime is like being in a war zone
as she runs about and throws food everywhere. She goes to bed late -
usually around midnight and then has a very hard time getting up in
the morning. I think my friend is very close to a nervous breakdown
- Please HELP!
Thank you for your letter. First of all I would suggest not
labelling a child "Problem Child". As adults if we are already
set up with negative thoughts then we are definitely going to give them
negative messages through our verbal and non-verbal actions.
improve the child's behaviour you need to have rules. To exercise these
rules you should have consistency, consequences and a reward system.
I suggest that your friend talk to a professional who can guide her
through these different methods. I also run a "Children's Behaviour
Management " course for parents. I am sure this course will also
enable her to manage her child better.
My nephew is ten years old. He is having a great deal of emotional problems.
He cannot control his anger. He becomes very disruptive and destructive
in the home. How do you deal with this form of outburst?
Thank you for letter but each case is individual. I will need more information
in order to give the proper advice. However I was counseling a nine-year-old
boy with similar disruptive and destructive behavioral problems a few
years ago. Firstly I obtained information about his family and their
relationship with one another before starting to counsel him. This particular
boy had experienced a violent home environment. He felt helpless and
powerless to protect one of his parents and because of this he used
to suppress his anger, which gradually changed into a destructive nature.
initial work with him was play therapy to overcome his fear and anxieties.
During counseling play therapy, other activities were introduced to
explore his anger, which used to turn into a disruptive and destructive
nature. This enabled him to explore his positive sides and develop skills,
which would help him in later stages. Besides this he was encouraged
to build a positive working relationship with his family.
further details or advice contact Anwara Chowdhury Email: AnwaraChowdhury@hotmail.com
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A Different Sky
TOEFL, writing an essay on the most memorable time of your life, then
anticipation, if lucky then admission, then face the American Embassy
for a Visa, then finding a good airline, cheap tickets, hopping on
a plane and off to America.
if you haven't guessed yet I am talking about the process by which
Bangladeshi students come to study abroad. There are so many sub-steps
in between every step of this process, surprises and disappointments.
help the incoming students this fall I have crafted this piece with
some tips and insights about coming to the USA for studies.
lot of us living in Bangladesh don't have much of an idea about the
different setting and environments of every state in America. The
differences between going to a University in the South, North, Northeast,
Southeast or the East or West coast.
It might sound ridiculous as education is education everywhere but
you also have to consider the fact that you will most probably spend
a good four years in this particular state and university, and what's
around you does matter.
picking a school always consider your personality, concentrate on
your likes and dislikes. Read the fine lines printed in every brochure
describing the University. For example, if you are a city person and
will enjoy the fast paced life, living in apartments or dorms around
all happenings and not having a certain limited boundary for a campus,
apply for schools in Washington D.C, Philadelphia PA, Massachusetts
Boston , New York, Austin or such places.
you want a serene environment, apply to schools like Charlottesville
VA, Princeton NJ, or Phoenix, AZ. Always consider the weather factor
- if a brighter and warmer place will give you more motivation to
study, Florida or California is a good option for you. Weather can
have a huge effect on a person's mind and body when away from family
and close friends. Also find out what kind of companies and industries
are around the school you will be studying at.
more saturated a place is with your field of work, the better your
chances are of finding an internship or a job after you are done with
next big worry is what to bring with you. I would suggest not much
at all. It's best to shop from here when you get here. You will know
better what you will need instead of over-packing. Packing things
like blankets or too many sweaters can be a total waste, get here
and judge for yourself. Do bring the necessary things you need but
don't stack up on supplies. Do find out where you will be living,
how near it is to a mall or a supermarket. If you are not sure about
the area feel free to search on the web.
contact your future roommate ahead of time to get an idea of what
to expect and if you are not sure where you will live and have to
move into a relative or a friend's place and you feel that that will
be an inconvenience, go to websites such as www.roommates.com and
find out what is available in the area you are looking for. The university
should also be able to help with off-campus housing which is sometimes
much cheaper than living on campus.
you get here, do expect to be independent and take advantage of this
situation, there is a lot to explore and learn about this country
and yourself. Do not feel ashamed to take up a job even if it is not
anywhere close to your dream job. This always helps to learn about
the people and culture faster, and pick up useful qualities and facts.
And extra cash is always good.
get used to doing your own chores, paying bills and also watching
your own back. This is all a good thing in the end because by the
end you will be a far more mature and self-sufficient individual.
make sure you make studying the priority; it is really easy to sway
away from that with so many options. Especially since we Bengalis
are so used to being told to study by our parents, when we don't have
those extra voices around to tell us we sometimes end up not doing
what we should.
sure you prioritize. Also if you get any credit cards, be careful
to not over splurge, there are way too many sob stories of ruined
credits, which later influence everything from renting an apartment,
to buying a house or working for certain companies.
just keep an optimistic view and an open mind with determination and
everything else will fall right into place. Cheers.