Research and Articles

We value quality research which helps the lives of people who experience dental anxiety, fear or phobia, and which is of use to dentists and other professionals. Please read our guidelines for research requests and get in touch if you would like to post a research request on our forum.

Research conducted in conjunction with Dental Fear Central:

Accessing dental anxiety online support groups: An exploratory qualitative study of motives and experiences. Heather Buchanan, Neil Coulson (2007). Patient Education and Counseling, Volume 66, Issue 3, June 2007, Pages 263-269.

Self‐reported efficacy of an online dental anxiety support group: a pilot study. Neil Coulson, Heather Buchanan (2007). Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, Volume 36, Issue 1, February 2008, Pages 43-46.

Research and articles which mention or cite Dental Fear Central:

Study of online information for anxious patients requiring dental extractions. Victoria Mellish (2019). British Dental Journal, Vol. 227 No. 5, pp. 399-402.

Chapter 13: Online Support Communities. Neil S. Coulson (2019). In: The Oxford Handbook of Cyberpsychology by Alison Attrill-Smith, Chris Fullwood, Melanie Keep, Daira J. Kuss (eds.).

Applied behavioural analysis principles in dentistry: techniques to overcome dental fear, improving attendance and compliance. Georgina Staunton (2018). Journal of the Irish Dental Association, 2018-02.

The dental psychological interface. Mary Downie (2017). Scottish Dental Magazine website, clinical article, 7 April 2017.

It’s only an x-ray! How informed interactions can help anxious patients who were sexually abused as children. Jayne Kelly (2017). Faculty Dental Journal (Royal College of Surgeons of England), Volume: 8 Issue: 3, Pages 108-111.

Issues surrounding the management of patients requiring the removal of wisdom teeth. Tara Renton, Mike Hill (2017). Faculty Dental Journal, Volume: 8 Issue: 1, Pages 36-43.

Endodontics: No rubber dam, no root canal. J Webber (2017). British Dental Journal, Volume 222 No. 3, Page 142.

Beating dental phobia. Jennifer Pinder (2016). Dental Nursing Volume 12, Issue 12.

Drilling down on dental fears. Rebecca Clay (2016). American Psychological Association Monitor on Psychology, Vol 47, No. 3.

Enhancing Trust in Dental Care Recommendation Systems: Using Trust-enhanced Information from Social Networks to Improve the Matching between Patients and Dentist. Sojendra Pradhan (2016). Doctor of Philosophy thesis.

Protocol for a feasibility study of a self-help cognitive behavioural therapy resource for the reduction of dental anxiety in young people. Zoe Marshman, Annie Morgan, Jenny Porritt, Ekta Gupta, Sarah Baker, Cathy Creswell, Tim Newton, Katherine Stevens, Christopher Williams, Suneeta Prasad, Jennifer Kirby and Helen Rodd (2016). Pilot and Feasibility Studies 2016 2:13.

Perceptions of UK secondary care adult dental conscious sedation clinics: a qualitative analysis. SM Woolley, BL Chadwick, L Pugsley (2015). Journal of Disability and Oral Health, 16/1, Pages 5-11.…

A clinical guide to needle desensitization for the paediatric patient. Greig TaylorBDS(Hons), MFDS RCPS(Glas), Caroline Campbell MSc, BDS, MFDS RCPSG, MPaedDent(Ed), FDSPaedDent(Gla) (2015). Dental Update Volume 42, Issue 4.

How many of our patients can really give consent? – a perspective on the relevance of the mental capacity act to dentistry. Alexander Holden, Neil Holden (2014). Dental Update, Volume 41, Issue 1, Pages 46–48.

Improving dental care recommendation systems using trust and social networks. Sojen Pradhan, Valerie Gay, Surya Nepal (2014). IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 10-14 June 2014.

Management of fear and anxiety in the dental clinic: a review. JM Armfield, LJ Heaton (2013). Australian Dental Journal, 58: 390-407.

Can we learn, teach and practise dentistry anywhere, anytime? B Khatoon, K B Hill and A D Walmsley (2013). British Dental Journal 215, Pages 345-347.

Social networking and dental care: State of the art and analysis of the impact on dentists, dental practices and their patients. Sojen Pradhan, Valerie Gay, Surya Nepal (2013). 26th Bled eConference.

Web Review: Fear, itself: online support for phobic disorders. Sonya Lipczynska (2012). Journal of Mental Health, 21(4), Pages 417-420.

Facing up to fear & phobia. Caroline Holland (2012). Vital 9, Pages 20-21.

Dealing with anxious patients at the dental practice. Catherine de Nyary (2010). Dental Nursing Volume 6, Issue 3.

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