[A strategy for treating the anxious patient].Rev Belge Med Dent (1984). 2003; 58(4):209-20.RB
The article describes the different ways of dealing with dental fear. First the importance of preventive dentistry is pointed out. Subsequently the potential of behaviour therapy for both children and adults is discussed. Relaxation therapy and hypnosis are considered next. From the pharmacological point of view the indications and use of oral and intravenous sedation are explained. One more option to achieve sedation is nitrous oxide inhalation. As a last resort we have general anaesthesia. Indications and procedures are outlined.