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ERIC Number: EJ819541
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
A Cognitive Behavioural Intervention for Dental Anxiety for People with Learning Disabilities: A Case Study
Prangnell, Simon J.; Green, Karen
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v36 n4 p242-248 Dec 2008
Dental anxiety is a common form of anxiety problem, and research suggests that more people with learning disabilities experience dental anxiety than in the general population. Very little work has been done to investigate effective non-medical approaches for supporting people with a learning disability and dental anxiety to access dental care. This has created a significant barrier to accessing treatment, and meant that individual's are not offered a meaningful choice between treatment options. Using a case study, this paper demonstrates that a simple cognitive behavioural intervention can be effective in reducing dental anxiety, and offer a more meaningful choice of treatment options. This paper is limited in that no formal assessment measures were used, and was evaluated through client feedback. It is possible that this intervention could be applied by other practitioners to increase the accessibility of dental health services.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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