Pain is subjective and can be understood as whatever a patient feels hurts them. Sensitivity to pain varies widely among orthodontic patients. This lecture will consider both the psychological and physical aspects of pain perception. Potential responses by the orthodontic team to a patient expressing pain will be discussed with the goal of empowering both the team and the patient to create a more comfortable clinical experience for sensitive patients.
Respond patiently and professionally to a patient expressing pain during an orthodontic appointment.
Evaluate the psychological and physical contributions to the painful experience.
Offer a range of countermeasures to the patient's expression of pain.