Dental anxiety is a major factor in the decision to delay dental procedures. “Dental fear is related to poorer oral health outcomes, and this might be explained by the less frequent dental visiting of many fearful people.”1 Fear of dental injections is frequently cited as the main source of dental anxiety. We, as practitioners, can take simple and easily implemented steps to reduce the fear and pain of dental injections. No special equipment or training is required. Following these techniques may result in more profound anesthesia, less pain on injection, and ultimately a reduction in dental anxiety. A calm and comfortable patient will often result in less stress for both patient and provider.
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