Desensitization is a psychological treatment that aims to reduce emotional response to a negative stimulus. It is used to help people with phobias and anxiety disorders.

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My lower back tooth is due for a root canal treatment, but I have referred pain in the canine which subsides on applying Orajel. How?

Query: Hello doctor,I am due to have a root canal next week. I went to my dentist because of terrible pain in my lower right teeth. Primarily sensitive to hot and cold. She performed a cold test on my second molar from the back, and I reacted. So she said I needed a root canal treatment and crown.However, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. The root canal is for the second molar for which the doctor did the cold test, am I right? And from when you started getting referred pain? Is it after this cold test? Parafunctional habits like nighttime grinding or bruxism can wear o...  Read Full »

My dentist performed a desensitization procedure without following proper instructions. Can improper use of desensitizers cause cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a filling done two months back on the upper molar but complained of cold sensitivity. I have plaque on my upper teeth, including the molar, which has a filling. My dentist applied a desensitizer without cleaning the plaque on the upper teeth. First, he air dried my upper and then...  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. The desensitizer's ability to be carcinogenic is not true. I agree that your dentist should have cleaned the tooth of plaque and tartar deposit completely before applying the sensitizer. However, without the prelimin...  Read Full »

I have social anxiety and depression. Will I benefit from a therapy dog?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 16 year old. I have social anxiety and depression. I find it hard to talk to people, especially in public. I also have a problem with talking about my feelings face to face, making the idea of a therapist very nerve-wrecking. I am not sure if I would talk. I would probably just ...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A therapy dog can help in relieving anxiety. But, since your anxiety is related to social situations, I do not think that a therapy dog will relieve your social anxiety. The anxiety will go away with exposure or by systematic desensitization. You have to take the fir...  Read Full »

Why do I get nervous and start to sweat after meeting new people?

Query: Hi doctor, While talking to people like in the office, with my boss or a new person I am getting nervous and start sweating. How to stop that nervousness and sweating? Because of this fear, I am avoiding official meetings and personally meet with people around me as well.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From the available description, it appears that you are suffering with social phobia. This is a kind of anxiety disorder where the person feels difficult to engage in many of social activities and fears that he is judged by others. With regard to treatment, I like to assu...  Read Full »

Why do I fear so many things?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 46 year old male. My health is good since my childhood. I am a pure vegetarian. I do not smoke or drink alcohol. I have completed my PhD in plant biotechnology. My mother died when I was 10 due to heart problems. My father died a year back and he was healthy except minor hyperten...  Read Full »

Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your detailed history. Your primary complaints are of multiple phobias, including agoraphobia. It is quite evident from other details that you are physically healthy and the problems are of psychological origin. Now, coming to your medicine history...  Read Full »

What can be done for anxiety while in crowd?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 28 years old and weigh 90 kg. My problem is anxiety. I feel anxious whenever I have to deal with my boss, attend a meeting, speak in front of a crowd. I feel breathlessness and discomfort. My voice starts to break. I am doing well at my job and recently got a promotion. However, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Aneel Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your history reflects social anxiety disorder but that needs detailed assessment. You need medication as well as psychotherapy session, medications are required to control the symptoms but medications has some limitations like it would not change your personality, think...  Read Full »

How to deal with electrophobia?

Query: Hi doctor, I am waiting for CBT therapy for fear of electricity. Getting concerned as no therapist has come across this before. How can they help me as the electricity is everywhere? I am afraid of the electricity in general. If I am being exposed to each appliance separately, that would take a lo...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Udey

Answer: Hi, Welcome to CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) does not mean only exposure to fearful situations and then desensitizing. Exposure can be done to group of appliances at a time, rather than a single appliance. Besides this mental exposure task can also be performed which will help to r...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have pain and sensitivity in the tooth due to cavity?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 14 years old. I have pain in my canine tooth due to a cavity. I have a sensitivity problem when I brush my teeth and when I eat ice cream. Is it normal?  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you have not filled the tooth and if there is sensitivity in the tooth, then it will not have a long term. It takes a month to have a formation of secondary dentine. So for one month, you must not eat too hot or too cold foods. Please mention about the treatment take...  Read Full »

Is there any permanent cure for my unwanted thoughts?

Query: Hi doctor, I am keep on getting unwanted thoughts and feelings related to the environment around in the vicinity. I am getting images of god, food items, fecal matter, song lyrics, animal skin feeling sensation, etc. There are countless examples. I am getting some racing feeling while resisting my t...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. The intrusive thoughts and ideas you have mentioned are related to obsessive thoughts and should be evaluated properly. Obsessions are repetitive, unwanted, intrusive, repugnant, dominating ideas, impulses or thoughts that are purposeless an...  Read Full »

Is it possible to desensitize myself to nickel?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been sensitized to nickel from a scalp adhesive for hair replacement. The bond had nickel sulfate. I did this for 10 years. I developed dermatitis or eczema in my brows and eyelids, etc. I have realized since I have decreased my dietary nickel intake and stopped the bonding, my...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your case. Well, desensitization is a process in which we gradually expose a patient to an allergen until a patient develops a tolerance for it. Till date, it is being considered as a therapy for many conditions such as penicillin sensitivity or rhin...  Read Full »

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