Month: March 2010
The incidence of moderate and severe dental anxiety in Europe, Asia and North America are 40% and 20% respectively, with 5% of people suffering fear levels sufficiently high to be classed as phobia (1). People who are dentally fearful tend to avoid treatment and are much more likely to attend the dentist when prompted by pain (2). Their avoidance removes opportunities for learning, as does the dental profession’s emphasis on the use of sedation or general anaesthetic with fearful patients. Patients simply do not learn that the catastrophe they fear (such as being unable to tolerate pain, losing control, or collapsing with fear) does not occur in the dental office.
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