Talk therapy can be used to help people who fear seeing the dentist. The approach is referred to as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) helps people to acquire the necessary skills to face their fears, including fear of injections. It is a short-term treatment that involves from 6 and 10 sessions.
- People with dental phobias have been found to avoid visiting the dentist and are 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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Mohammed Binamin (Principal Dental Surgeon) BDS DRDP MFGDP MMedSci (Implantology)
Dr Mohammed Binamin is the principal dental surgeon at Widney Dental Care and a partner in the BST group of dental practices. In his role, he leads a team of Dental Professionals providing all aspects of NHS and Private Dentistry to patients in primary care.
In general practice, he takes a special interest in Restorative and Surgical Implant Dentistry, Oral Surgery, Intravenous Sedation and advanced Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry providing these services for his own and referral patients from local practitioners.