publication . Article . 2002

Psychosocial aspects of dental and general fears in dental phobic patients

Kajsa Henning Abrahamsson; Ulf Berggren; Sven G. Carlsson;
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  • Published: 26 Jul 2002 Journal: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica, volume 58, pages 37-43 (issn: 0001-6357, eissn: 1502-3850, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
Abstract
Phobic reactions can often be a significant health problem for fearful dental patients. This is true in particular for individuals with long-time avoidance and elevated general psychological distress. The aim of this study was to investigate the expression of dental fear among 67 dental phobic individuals with a low versus high degree of general fear. Reported etiologic background factors, avoidance time, general psychological distress and psychosocial manifestations and consequences of dental phobia were studied. No significant difference in dental anxiety level between individuals with low versus high general fear was found, and both groups reported high frequ...
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Medical Subject Headings: stomatognathic diseases
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