Fear of dental procedures, sometimes called odontophobia
Fear of dental procedures, is a condition marked by intense anxiety around procedures involving going to the dentist or receiving dental care. Often, the person suffering from this type of phobia will go to extreme lengths to avoid situations involving dentists. This avoidance can lead to negative health outcomes and large dental bills later in life if left untreated.
Luckily, effective treatment is available. Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can help us reengage with these situations and teach us specific skills and strategies to cope with the anxiety.
Pre-programme assessment: Phone or Skype assessment with a clinical psychologist.
Session 1: Psychoeducation, physical management strategies
Session 2: Review, cognitive therapy strategies
Session 3: Behavioural strategies and hierarchy development
Session 4: Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy
Session 5: In-session exposure and skills practice
Post-programme assessment: Check-in, follow up, questionnaires