Sensory Retraining: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Altered Sensation

Department of Orthodontics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA.
Atlas of the oral and maxillofacial surgery clinics of North America 03/2011; 19(1):109-18. DOI: 10.1016/j.cxom.2010.11.006
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Sensory retraining teaches the patient to ignore or blot out postinjury unpleasant orofacial sensations to optimally tune into and decipher the weakened and damaged signals from the tissues. Sensory retraining is a simple, inexpensive, noninvasive exercise program, which initiated shortly after injury, can lessen the objectionable impression of orofacial altered sensations. Sensory retraining exercises are most effective on decreasing the perceived burden associated with hypoesthetic orofacial altered sensations.

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