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Topic : New therapy to overcome fear of dentist
2021호 1면
TITLE : New therapy to overcome fear of dentist

 New therapy to overcome fear of dentist

6 ways to help patients overcome fear of the dentist | Dental Products  Report



There is fresh hope for the many people around the globe who are terrified of going to the dentist. New research suggests that a course of counselling can help to overcome the fear of sitting in the dentist's chair. The research was conducted by the King's College London Dental Institute Health Psychology Service. It focused on the effects of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in treating dental phobia, also called dentophobia. 


Researchers discovered that the biggest fears among patients were of pain-relieving injections and the dentist's drill. Doctors believe that between six to ten sessions of CBT are enough for patients to be able to have stress-free visits to a dental surgery and cure this phobia.


Researchers say that over 10 per cent of people suffer from extreme anxiety about seeing their dentist, which stops many people from getting dental treatment. This level of anxiety often results in more dental problems because people delay going to the dentist until they have a toothache, by which time the treatment will be more painful. Three per cent of patients surveyed admitted having thoughts of committing suicide rather than seeing a dentist. 


Lead researcher, professor Tim Newton, said: "The primary goal of our CBT service is to enable patients to receive dental treatment without the need for sedation, by working with each individual patient to set goals according to their priorities."


Source: Breaking News English



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What can help to overcome the fear of sitting in the dentist's chair?
What is another name for dental phobia?
What patient fear was mentioned besides pain-relieving injections?
How many sessions of therapy are enough to treat patients?
How many people suffer from extreme anxiety about dentists?
What does a high level of anxiety lead to more of?
What do 3% of people think about doing?
Who is Tim Newton?
What does therapy mean patients do not need?


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cognitive - concerned with the act or process of knowing, perceiving, etc
phobia - an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something.
sedation - the inducing of a relaxed easy state especially by the use of sedatives
pain-relieving - (of medication) alleviating pain.