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By John Chao, DDS, MAGD

Faculty, Behavior Science Section

USC School of Dentistry

Since 1974 thousands of fearful patients have been successfully treated by mean of “iatro-sedation” at USC School of Dentistry, whose Behavior Science Section, under the direction and stewardship of the late Dr. Nathan Friedman, a pioneering periodontist and USC professor of dentistry developed this groundbreaking curriculum in the 1960’s aimed at helping apprehensive patients overcome their fear of dental treatment.

The following essay, based in part on ten years of experience in teaching iatrosedation in the Behavior Science Section at the USC School of Dentistry, is a unique, innovative presentation of this non-pharmaceutical approach to dental anxiety in that it is written from the standpoint of and for the benefit of the patient, rather than the doctor. It is written for dissemination to the general public in the hope that those who have high anxieties regarding dental treatment will know that there is a predictable, evidence-based method by which their fears associated with dental treatment can be dissolved and the quality of their lives can be dramatically improved as a result.

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