Psychology and Dentistry

Psychology and Dentistry : Mental Health Aspects of Patient Care

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Learn to build successful working relationships with your patients

Psychology and Dentistry: Mental Health Aspects of Patient Care is a practical guide to an often-neglected aspect of dentistry-the contributions of the behavioral sciences to dental research and practice. Dr. William A. Ayer, Professor of Behavioral Sciences at Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, presents a comprehensive textbook that's an essential study aid for students preparing for their National Dental Board Examinations and a valuable classroom resource for dental school faculty. This unique book identifies the everyday concerns of dentists, dental students, and dental hygienists, offering proven strategies for patient management and for building and maintaining a successful dentist-patient relationship.

Psychology and Dentistry examines the contributions of the behavioral sciences to the practice of dentistry, drawing subject matter from a wide range of disciplines that include psychology, sociology, education, anthropology, economics, epidemiology, health services, and public health. The book is a practical guide to developing the necessary skills to conduct effective patient interviews, for teaching patients to manage their dental fears and anxieties, and for dealing with patients who need counseling from mental health professionals. It also addresses special issues that have become relevant to dentists and their staffs in recent years, including child abuse and neglect, spousal violence, elder abuse, aging and changes associated with age, death and dying, and bereavement.

Psychology and Dentistry examines:

behavior therapies

behavioral interventions

management techniques for patients with acute and/or chronic pain

how to train patients to manage their oral habits

how to get patients to comply with health care recommendations

pain perception and pain expression

the therapeutic use of hypnosis

how to make psychological referrals for patients

the effect of stress on dentists and dental students

and much more!

Psychology and Dentistry: Mental Health Aspects of Patient Care is an essential resource for anyone working in the dental field. The book's practical approach and unique insights are invaluable for helping you develop healthy relationships with your patients.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 162 pages
  • 152.4 x 213.4 x 15.2mm | 249.48g
  • Routledge Member of the Taylor and Francis Group
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0789022966
  • 9780789022967
  • 1,020,387

Table of contents

About the Author


Preface and Acknowledgments

Chapter 1. The Development of the Behavioral Sciences in Dentistry

Chapter 2. Behavioral Foundations of Dentistry

The Focus of Behavior Therapies

What Is Behavior Therapy?

Types of Behavioral Interventions

Chapter 3. Pain

Pain Threshold and Pain Expression

Measuring Pain

Acute versus Chronic Pain

Pain Management Strategies


Chapter 4. Fear and Anxiety in Dentistry

Effect of High Fear and Anxiety on Office Practice

Definition of Anxiety and Fear

Measurement of Dental Fear and Anxiety

Origins and Development of Fear and Anxiety

Anxiety and Behavior Across Dental Visits

Other Variables Influencing Anxiety and Fear

Managing Fear and Anxiety

Chapter 5. Oral Habits and Their Management

Etiology and Development of Thumb and Finger Sucking

Psychoanalytic and Learning Theory Models

Prevalence and Possible Explanations

Methods of Controlling Sucking Habits

Bruxism: Characteristics and Treatment

Self-Mutilating Behaviors: The Oral Cavity

Chapter 6. Compliance with Health Care Recommendations

Assessing Adherence

Determinants of Adherence

Resources and Noncompliant Behavior

Chapter 7. The Dentist-Patient Relationship

Models of the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Dimensions of the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Satisfaction Among Patients and Dentists

A Seeming Paradox

Miscellaneous Factors

Chapter 8. Stress in Dentistry

The Concept of Stress

Measuring Stresses in Life

Sources of Dentists' Stress

Suicide Among Dentists

Stress in Dental Students

Chapter 9. Special Issues in Dentistry

Family Violence


Dying, Death, and Bereavement

Chapter 10. Hypnosis in Dentistry (Carla York, Frank De Piano, and Frederick Kohler)

Some Background and History of Hypnosis in Dentistry

Prevention of Dental Disease and Modifications of Noxious Habits

Therapeutic Uses of Hypnosis in Dentistry

Hypnosis As an Operative Aid in Dentistry

The Use of Hypnosis in Pediatric Dentistry

Hypnosis As an Aid in Patient Management

Practical Considerations

Techniques for Induction of Hypnosis in Dentistry: Some Illustrations

Case Example: A Dental-Avoidant Patient with Excessive Gag Reflex

Chapter 11. Interviewing (Cheryl Gotthelf)


Training Issues

Initial Meeting with a Patient


Obtaining an Accurate History

Establishing Rapport


Chapter 12. Making Psychological Referrals

Dental-Related Problems

Nondental-Related Referrals

Referrals for Self, Family, or Friends

Referring an Individual


Reference Notes Included
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