A psychodynamic theory for dental phobia

R. Freeman

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Dentists recognise various degrees of dental anxiety in their patients. There are those who are relaxed, those who are anxious and those who are dentally phobic. The question remains why should disagreeable dental experiences result in dental anxiety in one patient, have little effect upon another and cause dental phobia in a third? The aim of this paper is to propose a psychodynamic theory for dental phobia based upon the ideas of false connections and displacement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-172
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Dental Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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