Successful treatment of avoidance of dentistry by desensitization or by increasing pain tolerance

Robert K. Klepac

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Abstract

Five subjects were treated by desensitization for fear of dentistry. Unlike earlier reported cases, these subjects were avoiding dental work rather than reporting discomfort during dental work. Three subjects completed dental treatments following desensitization, and received dental examination and prophylaxis 6 months later. The other two began courses of dental treatment, but discontinued because of pain experienced during treatment. They were successfully treated by a procedure that systematically raised pain tolerance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-310
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1975

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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