Sheffield dental practice offers behavioural therapy to combat anxiety, dental pain and bruxism

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A dental practice in Sheffield is offering patients behavioural therapy in a bid to help them overcome common dental issues, including bruxism, headaches and jaw pain.

The One80 Dental Centre is working with psychotherapist, John Davies to utilise techniques that have been designed to combat facial pain, anxiety, and bruxism (tooth grinding.)

Practice principal, Nigel Rosenbaum, said that it’s very common for patients to come in with symptoms like stiffness in the jaw, jaw pain, facial pain and headaches, which are linked to grinding or clenching the teeth. In many cases, research suggests that bruxism is linked to stress and anxiety, and cognitive behavioural therapy can help those who suffer to alter their mindset and overcome fear and stress.

The new therapy service aims to benefit those who have symptoms related to anxiety and to enable them to cope better with stress triggers, which will subsequently reduce the risk of bruxism and symptoms linked to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder.

John Davies will be spearheading the launch of the new service with colleague, Victoria Moorhead. John has more than 25 years of experience as a CBT psychotherapist and he has a special interest in the use of such therapies for dental health problems. Speaking about the service, John said that it’s not always obvious, but dental issues often have a psychological connection. Research suggests that using CBT can help to dramatically improve pain and reduce anxiety and stress.

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