Adult dental anxiety: recent assessment approaches and psychological management in a dental practice setting

Gerald Michael Humphris, James Spyt, Alice Herbison, Tom Kelsey

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Abstract

Dental Anxiety of patients is a common feature of the everyday experience of dental practice. This article advocates the use of regular assessment of this psychological construct to assist in patient management. Various tools, such as the Modified Dental Anxiety Scale (MDAS), are available to monitor dental anxiety that are quick to complete and easy to interpret. Patient burden is low. A new mobile phone assessment system (DENTANX) is being developed for distribution. This
application and other psychological interventions are being investigated to assist patients to receive dental care routinely.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)388-394
Number of pages7
JournalDental Update
Volume43
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - May 2016

Keywords

  • Dental anxiety
  • Psychometric assessment
  • Psychological management
  • Mobile phone application

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