Ask your dentist: Does virtual reality support treatment? A Preliminary survey. Part II

Keywords : dentistry, distraction, virtual reality


Introduction. Despite advances in dental treatment, people avoid dental care because of pain, fear or anxiety. Distraction techniques such as television watching, listening to music, use of audio-visual eyeglasses, may effectively help to distract the patient’s attention away from anxiety. Virtual Reality is a premedication tool utilized more common in medicine. Objective. Aim of this study was a preliminary questionnaire about relaxation of virtual reality after dental treatment. Materials and methods. 20 adult patients have been qualified for the anonymous original questionnaire about postoperative quality sense with or without Oculus Go virtual reality relaxing movie. During the first call, after the direct restorative treatment in local anaesthesia has been completed, no virtual reality has been used, while after the second appointment there has been utilized a post-treatment screening with relaxing movie. Results. 19/20 patients responded positively to the use of virtual reality. Conclusion. The responses to the questionnaire confirm the preliminary advisability of using VR after treatment. Further research is necessary in order to develop or introduce virtual reality during dental operations.


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