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Dentist-Administered CBT for Dental Anxiety

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Dentist-administered cognitive behavioral therapy (D-CBT) is a method for the treatment of dental anxiety used by dentists in general practice. This method operates within the framework of trauma-sensitive care and CBT. This chapter describes how psychological treatment components like alliance building, cognitive restructuring, psychoeducation, window of tolerance, anxiety hierarchy, and anxiety curve can all be combined with systematic exposure to develop a treatment manual designed to treat dental anxiety. The D-CBT principles are explained and thereafter exemplified by the systematic treatment of Kristin, a 36-year-old woman with high dental anxiety that has avoided dental treatment for the last 7 years.

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Hauge, M.S., Willumsen, T., Storå, B. (2022). Dentist-Administered CBT for Dental Anxiety. In: Willumsen, T., Lein, J.P.Å., Gorter, R.C., Myran, L. (eds) Oral Health Psychology. Textbooks in Contemporary Dentistry. Springer, Cham.

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