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      Dental Anxiety – Psychological and Physical Factors as Triggers

      Clinical Social Work and Health Intervention
      Journal of Clinical Social Work and Health Intervention

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          Abstract

          While focusing on the terms dental anxiety, phobia, and fear, they are considerably common, but they are different in their circumstances. However, a difference has been noted between the terminologies. When challenged with a menacing dental issue, dental fear is a response to a familiar danger involving a “fight-or-flight” reaction meant to respond to stimuli 1 . On the contrary, dental anxiety (DA) is a response to unfamiliar danger where an individual exhibits a negative attitude towards dental treatment 2 . In contrast, dental phobia is primarily similar to fear, but it is much stronger because the “fight-or-flight” reaction happens when one thinks or is reminded about the situation3 . There are 3 categories of dental phobias based on their intensity4 . Dental anxiety is popular with the general population and is the least intense, mild odontophobia. When the issue becomes moderate, it becomes dental fear or moderate odontophobia. Finally, a severe case is considered rare and can be challenging to manage - dental phobia.

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          Journal
          Clinical Social Work and Health Intervention
          CSWHI
          Journal of Clinical Social Work and Health Intervention
          2222386X
          20769741
          June 9 2022
          June 7 2022
          June 9 2022
          June 7 2022
          : 13
          : 3
          : 8-14
          Article
          10.22359/cswhi_13_3_01
          449d24ab-0817-4eec-926c-bd2a68a8e8f3
          © 2022

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