Acceptability of behaviour therapy for dental phobia
Article first published online: 12 AUG 2011
© 2011 John Wiley & Sons A/S
Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
Volume 40, Issue 1, pages 1–7, February 2012
How to Cite
Forbes, M.D.L., Boyle, C.A. and Newton, T. (2012), Acceptability of behaviour therapy for dental phobia. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 40: 1–7. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0528.2011.00629.x
- Issue published online: 10 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 12 AUG 2011
- Submitted 16 May 2010; accepted 1 July 2011
- behavioral science;
- graded exposure;
- social validation
Forbes MDL, Boyle CA, Newton T. Acceptability of behaviour therapy for dental phobia. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol 2012; 40: 1–7. © 2011 John Wiley & Sons A/S
Abstract – Objective: To determine how people with dental phobia rate the acceptability of behavioural therapy.
Methods: One hundred and twenty individuals with dental phobia participated in a three-factor experimental vignette-based design. The three factors examined were dental treatment history, nature of intervention (intravenous sedation or behavioural therapy) and treatment outcome. There were eight different vignettes representing all combinations of the three experimental variables, and 15 participants completed each vignette.
Results: Treatment outcome had a strong effect on rated acceptability (F = 115.76, P < 0.001). There was a weaker effect of treatment type (F = 5.49, P < 0.05) with behavioural therapy rated as more acceptable than intravenous sedation. Previous history of intravenous sedation was associated with a decreased perception that it is possible to overcome dental fear.
Conclusions: The perceptions of individuals with dental phobia of the acceptability of behavioural approaches to management are influenced by the perceived outcome of the treatment.