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Relationship between psychiatry and Dentistry

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I've been reading a lot online lately about how many of the patients attending dentists' offices suffer from psychiatric disorders. That said, it seems intuitive that dentists should receive some training/education in psychiatric disorders. Doing so could make dental appointments more efficient in many ways and can benefit the patients as well (i.e. if dentists recognize that someone's pain is simply imagine as opposed to something tangible, they could save themselves the time of having to investigate). 

That said, are we taught psychiatric disorders in relation to dentistry in some of our dental school courses (i.e. at U of T)? 

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Not much at UofT.  The schools that combine med and dental students for the first two years might include more psychiatry.

Frankly, the academic time would be better used for other topics.   Managing anxious patients is not the same as managing a psychiatric disorder such as depression or schitzophrenia.  After you’ve seen a few thousand patients you’ll figure out what works and what doesn’t for dental nervousness.  

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Hmm...we did full pre-clinical med at McGill, and I don’t remember much about psych. Granted, I have a psych degree, so I got enough of that already. 

We did spend one summer clinic period workings exclusively on special needs patients, including some with severe psychiatric illnesses, and that was a very helpful experience to get hands on coaching from clinical supervisors on how to handle special needs that we may have not had experience with  

It was certainly far more helpful than most of the didactic learning I had about psyc  

I agree with Ostracized though, after a few thousand patients, you will figure out how to manage people behaviourally, and that goes for psychiatric patients as well. 

But trust me, it won’t be the psychiatric patients who test your capacity for handling human behaviour. Lol. 

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