An Understanding of Dental Phobia

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Tonya M. Jasinski (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Elizabeth Denny

Abstract: Dental phobia is definitely a problem because it affects such a large portion of the population (25 to 40 million Americans). I found in a review of literature (e.g., Mass, 1995) that a good patient/dentist relationship is needed in order for dental phobics to experience successful and comfortable dental appointments. Before a good patient/dentist relationship can exist, the dentist should be aware of the needs possessed by dental phobics. In other words, a dentist should have some kind of training and experience with dental visits involving dental phobics. Thus, the first purpose of my research was to find out how many dental schools offer such training to dental students. Because dental phobia is a problem, my second goal was to find out more about its etiology. In a review of the literature, I found that more research is needed on several possible factors that could contribute to the development of dental phobia. These factors include the age of onset of a phobia, and family, childhood, and personality characteristics of phobics. Thus, the second purpose of my research was to explore the personality characteristics of dental phobics.

Additional Information

Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 1997
Dental Phobia, Phobias

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