Psychology and Dentistry: Mental Health Aspects of Patient Care

Psychology and Dentistry: Mental Health Aspects of Patient Care

Psychology and Dentistry: Mental Health Aspects of Patient Care

Psychology and Dentistry: Mental Health Aspects of Patient Care

Synopsis

With some help from colleagues, Ayer (behavioral sciences, Nova Southeastern U. College of Dental Medicine) introduces dental students, dentists, psychologists, and other social scientists to the contribution that the behavioral sciences can make to dentistry and dental practice. Among the topics are pain, fear and anxiety, oral habits and their ma

Excerpt

A textbook on the behavioral sciences has been a challenge to write because the subject matter comes from a variety of disciplines, including psychology, sociology, education, anthropology, economics, epidemiology, health services research, and public health. Thus, in a book such as this, only a small portion of the material available can be reviewed, and issues of oral health and quality of life, facial attractiveness, taste perception, and special patients—to list a few— have not been addressed because of space limitations.

The behavioral sciences have much to contribute to dentistry and dental practice. a goal of this book is to introduce dental students, dentists, psychologists, and other social scientists to this area.

I am sincerely grateful to Dean Robert Uchin, Frank De Piano, Lois Cohen, and David Koehlinger who encouraged and supported this undertaking. I am also extremely appreciative of Frank De Piano and his colleagues (Carla York and Frederick Kohler) for contributing the chapter “Hypnosis in Dentistry” and to Cheryl Gotthelf for her chapter “Interviewing.”

Thanks must be expressed to Ronald Sims, Librarian at the Galter Health Sciences Library of Northwestern University, who found references and citations for me after I had long abandoned hope of finding them. Finally, sincere thanks are expressed to Administrative Assistant Elissa Bertolino for taking charge of the manuscript and turning it into a coherent whole.

The text benefited enormously from the editorial skills of Haworth Senior Production Editor, Peg Marr.

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