Updated: Dec 17, 2018
People have phobia or anxiety about the different aspects of dentistry including the drills and the injections. Rather than use sedation, people can overcome their fears through cognitive behavior therapy.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) helps people to acquire the necessary skills to face their fears such as fear of injections. It is a short-term treatment that involves anything between 6 and 10 sessions.
People with dental phobias have been found to avoid visiting the dentist and were likely to have cavities and other dental problems.
CBT is more effective in combating dental phobia than use of sedation since it has a long lasting impact.
Although the training is long lasting, Milgrom said, fear can return and some may need more coaching later. The degree of fear may depend on whether the person is primarily afraid of the dentist or has other psychological problems, he said.
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