One in 10 people avoid dentists through phobia

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 27 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:189

Patients with dental phobias may benefit from referral to a clinical psychologist, who can investigate the fear and devise appropriate therapy. A briefing paper published this week by the British Psychological Society says that one in 10 people fears use of the drill or other routine dental work so much that they avoid going to their dentist altogether.

The paper's author, Dr Stan Lindsay, senior lecturer in clinical psychology …

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