Towards a better understanding of dental anxiety and fear: cognitions vs. experiences.
Summary of "Towards a better understanding of dental anxiety and fear: cognitions vs. experiences."
Is dental fear a consequence of the 'perceptions of the dental experience'?
This article was published in the following journal.
Name: British dental journal
- PubMed Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20706249
- DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/sj.bdj.2010.693
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
Abnormal fear or dread of visiting the dentist for preventive care or therapy and unwarranted anxiety over dental procedures.
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A state of extreme acute, intense anxiety and unreasoning fear accompanied by disorganization of personality function.
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