Dental anxiety – a joint interest for dentists and psychologists


Magnus Hakeberg, Department of Behavioral and Community Dentistry, Institute of Odontology, The Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, PO Box 450, SE-405 30 Göteborg, Sweden



This introductory article to the Symposium on Behavioral and Community Dentistry aims to describe the development of research and clinical work on dental anxiety, and includes a discussion of the historical background and the evolution since the 1970s. In view of its pioneering activities in this regard, special focus is placed on research and development at the Institute of Odontology of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.