From David A. Hall of Mesa, Arizona

Eliminating Fear in Dentistry

“Eliminating Fear in Dentistry.”

by David A. Hall, D.D.S., A.A.A.C.D.

(Dr. David Hall is a dentist who practiced in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is now the owner and president of Infinity Dental Web of Mesa, Arizona. He wrote this article for Dental Economics, where it was published in January, 2003, and is available online.

The article has also been posted at under the title, Treating Anxious Dental Patients Like Me.

This article covers the following subjects:

The development of dental fear in patients.

How to identify the fearful patient.

How to prevent the development of dental fear in patients through trust and sensitivity.

How to treat the fearful patient, including psychological and pharmacological techniques.