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Over the past eleven years, we have worked together to treat children who are dentally phobic. This has enabled us to develop an understanding of how children come to be dentally fearful. We have constructed a model of child dental fear which helps us in our work. It is important to acknowledge that fear is a normal phenomenon when any of us are exposed to… (More)
The flexible use of a visual/verbal analogue scale--the thermometer--is described as a means of monitoring patients' levels of cognitive fear, trust, pain and self-esteem during treatment visits. Variations for use with very young children and those with physical and learning disabilities are also described.