Trauma Informed Care in Dentistry

The Virginia Health Care Foundation released “Trauma Informed Care in Dentistry: Why It Matters & How To Get Started” for providers. The document discusses the definition and effects of trauma, the correlation with trauma in dentistry, how to address trauma in patients, and developing a trauma informed culture.

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Dr. Allison Jackson, a national expert on trauma and resilience. For more information
on this webinar or to learn more about trauma informed care, visit VHCF’s Trauma
Informed Care resource page at or contact Ally Singer
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Your dental practice can adopt what is known as a “trauma informed approach to
care”. This adjusts the practice environment to be as comfortable and welcoming as
possible in recognition that trauma can be affecting many patients. Becoming trauma
informed can help ease patient anxiety and may result in lower no-show rates, as well
as increased patient comfort, satisfaction, and adherence to treatment plans.
While there are different levels of becoming a trauma informed practice, there are
some basic steps that every dental practice can take that are easy and free of cost.