Psychologic interventions for the anxious dental patient.

  title={Psychologic interventions for the anxious dental patient.},
  author={Roman Pawlicki},
  journal={Anesthesia progress},
  volume={34 6},
This article asserts that pharmacologic usage can be reduced by understanding that pain is composed of somatic, affective, and cognitive elements; the dentist should be assertive in addressing and dealing with the emotional and psychological aspects of the anxious and fearful patient. The dentist can measure levels of anxiety and fear through self-report and records of dental care; an easily administered test of dental anxiety, such as the Dental Anxiety Scale; and a structured interview in a… CONTINUE READING