When dental visits unearth old trauma
From the taste of blood in her mouth to feeling powerless and unable to talk, sexual assault survivor Juliet dreaded annual visits to the dentist.
Everything brought back the trauma of the sexual abuse she’d endured from a male relative from the age of three to 14. She would “white knuckle” the dental chair, scared she would die.
New research and treatment, thought to be a world first, by Melbourne dentist Sharonne Zaks finds many victims of severe trauma – from those who have survived the Holocaust to sexual assault – avoid the dentist.
This is a mainstream news article by Julie Power from the Sydney Morning Herald.
Read the full article here: From tasting blood to feeling powerless, dental visits revive old trauma.