Dentists' experiences of dentally anxious patients in a specialist setting: an interpretative phenomenological analysis

Esther Murray, Yvonne Kutzer, Joanne Lusher

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Abstract

Since dentists play an important role in the emergence and maintenance of dental anxiety in patients, it is imperative to understand how dentists themselves evaluate their work with anxious patients and how they perceive their environment. Semi-structured interviews explored the working lives of six dentists. Interpretative phenomenological analysis revealed four superordinate themes: Negotiating identities, Control, Perceptions of dentistry and being a dentist and Stress related to treating dentally anxious patients Warranting investigation in other settings, specialist dentists experienced conflicts between being a helper and inflictor of pain, as well as dealing with conflicting views concerning their status as a dentist.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Sep 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • dental anxiety
  • dental phobia
  • dentally anxious
  • interpretative phenomenological analysis
  • specialist setting

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