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What is Dentophobia? Symptoms, Causes and Treatment for Dentophobia

Dentophobia is the fear of dentists and dental care. Symptoms include dry mouth, breathlessness, anxiety, nausea, rapid heart rate. Causes include past bad experiences, inherited phobia, fright of dental instruments, and embarrassment at the sight of one’s poor oral hygiene or the fear of painful procedure after hearing others experiences. Treatment for Dentophobia includes a combination of behavioral and pharmacological techniques. Behavioral techniques include diaphragmatic breathing muscle relaxation. Cognitive therapy includes cognitive reconstruction and guided imagery. Pharmacologic methods include mild sedation to general anesthesia.

by Margaret Walker on Wed, 02/09/2011 - 23:15


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