Post-traumatic stress disorder: Considerations for dentistry

Edward F. Wright, Russel L. Thompson, Eleonore D. Paunovich

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A dental patient with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may present with greater dental and behavioral challenges than most dental patients. The background review of PTSD's initiating factors, diagnostic criteria, and medical management should help practitioners better understand and manage these challenges. Many of the challenges the clinician may encounter and managing recommendations are described. A case report of a PTSD patient complaining of constant bilateral tooth pain of the maxillary and mandibular bicuspids and molars is presented. Recommended techniques for identifying the tooth pain source and contributing factors are provided. The primary contributing factor for the patient's tooth pain was determined to be his severe tooth clenching activity. A maxillary acrylic appliance provided some pain reduction and a subsequent mandibular soft occlusal appliance worn opposing the maxillary appliance provided additional relief.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-210
Number of pages5
JournalQuintessence international
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2004


  • Bruxism
  • Occlusal appliance
  • Periodontal ligament inflammation
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Pulpitis
  • Temporomandibular disorder
  • Temporomandibular joint

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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