The all-too-common fear of going to the dentist has probably encouraged many a cavity. Well, that and guzzling soda all the time. But now a new study might have the answer to getting you back in the chair and on the path to pummeling plaque again. That's what dentists do, right?
A recent study published in the British Dental Journal tested a method called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy on 31 men and 99 women with varying levels of dentist fear. In the end, researchers saw a marked reduction in anxiety, with 79% of patients sitting out a dentist visit without sedation, and 6% enduring dental treatment with sedation. Those that went to the dentist without sedation needed on average five CBD appointments beforehand. This says a lot, especially since it's a British study regarding teeth -- specifically, British people's teeth. Which don't exactly have a great reputation.
But what in the world is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? Well, essentially, it's a talking therapy that dwells on the "here and now," rather than on the past. Patients address how they feel about a certain situation currently and how this feeling affects their actions. That's the gist, but you can read more about it here.
So yeah. Maybe now you're out of excuses as to why you've skipped your last five dentist's appointments. But it still probably won't convince you to floss.
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Kara King is a News Writer at Thrillist and has been shamed at the dentist too many times to count. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her at @karatillie.