Relaxation and complementary therapies: an alternative approach to managing dental anxiety in clinical practice

JM Hainsworth, Harriet Moss, Kevin Fairbrother

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Abstract

Dental anxiety is a widespread problem and has a significant impact on the provision of dental care for the general population. Anxiety leads to avoidance of dental treatment and increased stress for dental practitioners. Traditionally, dental anxiety has been managed using pharmacological techniques. This article reviews alternative treatment approaches, including psychological and complementary therapies which can be used in managing dental anxiety and facilitating dental treatment. Many of these approaches are currently being used within the dental profession. Others are gaining a wider acceptance as to their usage. Where available, the evidence of their efficacy will be reviewed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-2, 94-6
JournalDental Update
Volume32
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2005

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