Dentists' attitudes and beliefs regarding the management and treatment of the anxious patient
Silveria, Maureen E.
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Many adults avoid the dentist due to anxiety towards dental treatment. Anxiety is also said to play a role in broken and cancelled appointments (Ingersoll, 1982). A random sample of 400 1icensed dentists with mailing addresses in Massachusetts was surveyed to assess their attitudes and beliefs regarding the management and treatment of anxious patients. Statistical analysis using frequency distributions, non-parametric tests of significance and descriptive analysis were applied to survey data. Results indicate a significant difference regarding the use of relaxation therapy between those who have had behavioral training and those who have not (p[less than].05). There was also a significant difference regarding use of distraction techniques and headphone utilization when compared to years out of dental school. The findings reveal that only 30% (47) out of 162 respondents had any formal behavioral training. Several respondents commented that they would like more continuing education courses to enhance their skills in dealing with anxious patients.
PLEASE NOTE: This work is protected by copyright. Downloading is restricted to the BU community: please click Download and log in with a valid BU account to access. If you are the author of this work and would like to make it publicly available, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.Thesis (M.Sc.)--Boston University, Henry M. Goldman School of Graduate Dentistry, 1991 (Dental Public Health).40 leaves.Includes bibliographical references: (leaves 28-35).