Adult dental anxiety – management strategies


This review of current management strategies for adult patients with dental anxiety in the dental clinic included 54 studies. Most of the psychotherapeutic behavioural strategies provided some benefits but there was limited supporting evidence for some approaches. Pharmocological approaches were not included.

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Local anaesthetic for dental treatment: interventions to improve acceptance in children


Twenty six RCTs were included in this Cochrane systematic review of methods for the acceptance of local anaesthesia (LA) in children and adolescents during dental treatment. However the trials did not provide sufficient evidence to draw firm conclusions as to the best interventions

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Dental anxiety: Non-pharmacological treatment may be beneficial

Should we be paying more attention to anxiety in people with psychosis?

This review of non-pharmacological intervention to reduce mental distress, pain, and analgesic use in adults undergoing dental treatment included 29 RCTs. The findings suggest positive benefits for the interventions examined with no significant differences between the various interventions.

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Cochrane Protocol August 2013


Just over a third (36%) of the UK population are reported to be moderately anxious of dental treatment with about 12% reporting extreme dental anxiety.  Dental anxiety is not just a UK problem but also a global one with figures varying around the world. New to the Cochrane Library is a protocol of a review, [read the full story…]

Can hypnosis help prevent postnatal depression?


The short answer is we don’t know, but trials are underway that might help answer this question. Postnatal depression often affects women in the first 3 months after giving birth and symptoms can range from low mood and loss of interest in daily activities to thoughts of suicide. There are a range of effective treatments [read the full story…]

Hypnosis reduces temporomandibular disorder pain


The aim of this trial was to assess the effect of hypnosis on self-reported pain and the blink reflex (BR) in temporomandibular disorder. Forty three patients with a diagnosis of persistent (>6 months) myofascial pain Iab  according to the Research Diagnostic Criteria (RDC/TMD) were  randomized to hypnosis or control (nonhypnotic relaxation). Pain intensity was assessed [read the full story…]