Virtual reality exposure therapy for treatment of dental phobia

Kumar Raghav Gujjar, Ratika Sharma, Ad De Jongh

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Abstract

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET) has gained in popularity as an effective treatment for anxiety disorders. The purpose of this article is to determine the applicability of VRET in the treatment of dental phobia of two patients. Two case examples of female dental patients, aged 56 and 24 years, who met the criteria for dental phobia according to the Phobia Checklist, illustrate the use of VRET in the dental setting. VRET that is used as a psychological treatment for dental fear and dental phobia can potentially be given by a non-specialist (for example dental assistant), thereby making it a cost-effective therapy for the treatment of dental phobia. CPD/Clinical Relevance: This article is the first of its kind to demonstrate Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET) in the treatment of dental anxiety.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-435
Number of pages13
JournalDental Update
Volume44
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2017

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