Gilman Yücel

Gilman Yücel

Dr. Gilman Yücel completed her undergraduate education at Marmara University Faculty of Dentistry in 2001 and received her doctoral degree in 2008 at Istanbul University, Department of Orthodontics. In a quest to turn dental visits into fun memories by using advanced technology, she established the Bahçeşehir Orthodontic clinic in 2017. She is the first dentist in Turkey to apply a thematical approach with Augmented Reality (AR) and Imagination Design Solutions (IDS) systems to create an anxiety-relieving environment. She won the Dentsply Sirona Smart Integration award, which is given every two years to the dentists who best integrate technology into their practices with innovative ideas. Her work has been featured by UNESCO, and has been cited as an example by the UNESCO International Education Director as “A Rare Approach to Early Childhood Development”. She is currently carrying out a community project supported by the government which aims to provide digital dental technician training to people with disabilities. She is the author of two children’s books, “The Sparkles on my Teeth” and “The Recipe for Laughter”, which have been translated into different languages and accepted by the World Book Bank. She also works on the project “Every child deserves a healthy smile”, with the purpose to improve the oral health of children in disadvantaged areas. Dr. Gilman Yücel is a member and consultant of the Founding Board of Bahçeşehir University Faculty of Dentistry.


Summary of Speech
Alleviating Dental Anxiety in Pediatrics Through Theming and Augmented Reality

Reports of dental anxiety in up to 74% of children and adolescents imply that anxiety is a major concern in dental offices. Anxiety, fear, and phobias have been shown to persist into adulthood and can potentially lead to medical avoidance in patients. However, these negative experiences can be altered through supportive design, conscious choices in office décor, and positive distractions. Kid-centric environmental theming and augmented reality (AR) applications are important components of positive distractions. Through environmental theming, we can shape the “perception of an experience” of children and adolescents of all ages and groups. Through augmented reality applications (AR), we can help reduce anxiety before, during, and after the visit, while increasing the child’s sense of involvement and control over the experience. Children and adolescents’ perception of a positive dental experience ensures developing a positive attitude towards the treatment -such as orthodontic treatments- for the duration of a patient’s life, as well as future generations by halting the cycle of dental avoidance. In this sense, studies have also shown that positive distractors and augmented reality applications led to a 97% reduction in sedation rates. In conclusion, anxiety, fear, and phobia have longstanding effects on children, and improving the patient experience from an early age is crucial to the patient and society.

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