Children’s experiences following a CBT intervention to reduce dental anxiety: one year on

RODD, Helen, KIRBY, Jennifer, DUFFY, Elizabeth, PORRITT, Jenny, ANNIE, Morgan, SUNEETA, Prasad, BAKER, Sarah and MARSHMAN, Zoe (2018). Children’s experiences following a CBT intervention to reduce dental anxiety: one year on. British Dental Journal, 225 (3), 247-251.

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    Objective: To investigate children’s ongoing experiences of dental care and use of strategies to manage their dental anxiety following cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Design: A child self-completed postal questionnaire. Settings: Hospital, community and general dental practice. Subjects: Questionnaires were sent to 44 children, aged 10-17 years who had been referred to specialist services due to their dental anxiety. Intervention: Children had all previously received a guided CBT self-help intervention to reduce their dental anxiety and, on completion of treatment, had been discharged to their referring dentist. Questionnaires were sent out 12-18 months later to ascertain dental attendance patterns and application of any strategies learnt from the previous CBT intervention. Results: 22 responses (50%) were received from 16 girls and 6 boys. 82% had subsequently accessed follow up care with a general dental practitioner and over half of these had undergone a dental procedure, other than a check-up. 91% reported feeling less worried about dental visits, than previously, and described a change in cognition, behaviours, and feelings that allowed them to manage their anxiety better. Conclusions: CBT has positive immediate and longitudinal effects in reducing children’s dental anxiety. The challenge of adopting this evidence-based approach within primary care settings remains.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Psychology Research Group
    Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities > Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics
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    Page Range: 247-251
    Depositing User: Jenny Porritt
    Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2018 09:22
    Last Modified: 16 Nov 2018 14:02

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