South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence

Dental issues: Trauma informed dental care

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This series of videos is for dentists. Dr Sharonne Zaks discusses different elements of working with survivors of sexual assault.

Part 1 examines the scope of the issue of sexual assault and why survivors avoid the dentist. It defines trauma and how it changes the brain, and how patients with a history of sexual assault or trauma can present to dentists.

Part 2 discusses the trauma informed skill set, how it fits with current anxiety management techniques and how to best respond to a disclosure of sexual assault.

Part 3 provides practical tips and strategies for before, during and after appointments and how to avoid vicarious trauma and burn-out.

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