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Title: An investigation of dental fears and phobias
Author: Edmondson, H. D.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3438 3415
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 1980
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Many people are extremely fearful of visiting a dentist and in some cases this fear amounts to a true phobia* In recent years the dental profession has made every effort to help such people and as part of this exercise the Birmingham Dental School established a Sedation Clinic. This provided an ideal opportunity to study dental fears and phobias in depth. Considering the relative size and importance of the problemq very little has been written in the British dental literature about the psychology and aetiology of dental fear. A group of seventy patients attending the Sedation Clinic agreed to co-operate in a detailed analysis of their problem. This group was matchedl for comparative purposesp with a group of regular dental patients who had no undue worries about dental treatment. The Study Group of fearful patients were treated by a standard technique using intravenous diazepam and local anaesthesia* The efficacy of this method of treatment in this particular group of patients was assessed an& the individuals were then followed up over a period of five years. Most studies relating to the management of dental fear have concentrated on the abilityg or otherwise* to carry out treatment under various drug regimes. Alterations in physiology during treatment have been noted but the basic physiological and biochemical changes induced by fear of dentistry have not been studied and in particular no biochemical perameters have been sought. In an effort to assess this aspect of fear in the dental surgery catecholanine studies were carried out on a group of frightened dental patients.The effect of diazepam sedation on catecholamine levels was also measured. Emergency cardiovascular episodes such as unexplained arrythmias and syncope occur regularly in the dental surgery. The role of f ear in such events was studied in patients undergoing routine dental extractions under local anaesthesia. The part that emotion plays in collapse in the dental surgery is assessed in this thesis.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Psychology