ADOT-Psychology: Oral-maxillofacial Trauma Psychology Service

Trauma

The Adult Dental and Oral-maxillofacial Trauma Psychology service is a team made up of Clinical Psychologists, Trainee Clinical Psychologists and Assistant Psychologists. We work alongside the Surgeons, Specialist Nurses and Clinical Fellows in the Oral-Maxillofacial Trauma Service.

Why May I Need Psychological Support?

As a team we know that facial and oral trauma can impact more than just your physical wellbeing; it can also affect your social life and mental health. For example, people who have facial injuries can often experience:

  • Low mood
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Appearance-related distress
  • Family/Relationship problems

These are normal reactions to trauma. For the most part, these symptoms resolve on their own, but sometimes extra help is required if the symptoms persist for a longer period of time. Experiencing traumatic events can sometimes lead to a condition called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The main symptoms of PTSD are:

  • Re-experiencing symptoms, also referred to as flashbacks.
  • Avoidance symptoms; such as avoiding particular people or places
  • Hyperarousal symptoms; this is when people experience high levels of anxiety or fear.

Where Is The Service Based?

Adult Dental Oral-maxillofacial Trauma (ADOT-P) Psychology Service
Royal London Dental Hospital
Turner Street
London
E1 1BB

Appointments are available until 5pm.

Special Care Dentistry

 

We are a specialist service that identifies, assesses and treats psychological difficulties that impact on dental care, treatment and outcomes. We work alongside dental and nursing staff in the Special Care Dentistry Service at the Royal London Dental Hospital.

Our service provides support for people who are very anxious about visiting the dentist, those who may have a pronounced gag reflex, or those requiring support with their dental treatment due to a medical condition, learning or physical disability or a mental health difficulty. We can also provide therapeutic support to facilitate behavioural change that may have a positive impact on dental health.

Our team comprises Clinical Psychologists, Trainee Clinical Psychologists and Assistant Psychologists.

Why May I Need Psychological Support?

We know that people may feel anxious about their dental or oral treatment. We work with people to support them in changing how they feel about visiting the dentist.

Many people may need help with:

  • feeling more confident to go into the dental surgery
  • feeling more confident about receiving a dental injection
  • having dental treatment

Where Is The Service Based?

Adult Dental Oral-maxillofacial Trauma (ADOT-P) Psychology Service
Royal London Dental Hospital
Turner Street
London
E1 1BB

Oral Medicine

Here at ADOT-Psychology, we recognise oral medical condition do not just affect people physically, but also emotionally and socially.

We offer psychological consultation and assessment to everyone that has experienced oral health concerns and are under the care of Bart’s Oral Medicine Service.

During the consultation, we can discuss if you have any psychological needs relating to your condition or treatment. These may include:

  • Experiencing low mood, depression, anxiety, or panic, either as a result of your oral health concerns, or due to the treatment itself.
  • Feeling unhappy with your appearance due to your oral health concerns.
  • Finding it difficult to make a decision about your treatment. For example, feeling unsure whether to proceed with treatment.

What Do We Offer?

We offer a range of psychological interventions tailored to meet your needs. These may include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group workshops
  • Specialist memory/cognitive assessment
  • Signposting to appropriate support in the community
  • Coping strategies to manage distressing experiences
  • Coping strategies to manage anxiety and/or phobias related to -treatment
  • Specialist therapy for those experiencing appearance-related concerns
  • Specialist therapy for those experiencing difficulties in their relationships

We also offer group-based interventions to provide psychoeducation on managing anxiety, low mood and/or living with chronic pain.

Where Is The Service Based?

Adult Dental Oral-maxillofacial Trauma (ADOT-P) Psychology Service
Royal London Dental Hospital
Turner Street
London
E1 1BB