Dog-Assisted Therapy and Dental Anxiety: A Pilot Study

Cruz Fierro, Norma y Vanegas Farfano, Minerva y González Ramírez, Mónica Teresa (2019) Dog-Assisted Therapy and Dental Anxiety: A Pilot Study. Animals, 9 (512). pp. 2-9. ISSN 2076-2615

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Animal-assisted therapy aimed at improving individuals’ mental or physical health has been widely reported. However, the data on how a therapy dog could help control anxiety during dental procedures is scarce. The objective of this work was to evaluate the effect of dog-assisted therapy on people with a history of dental anxiety while receiving preventive dental treatment. Twelve adults participated (women: n = 11 (91.7%) and men: n = 1 (8.3%), mean age = 31.25 years, D.E. = 5.78). The Corah Dental Anxiety Scale was applied, the patient’s mood was assessed with a Likert scale before and after receiving the dental treatment, and their blood pressure was recorded for each of the three stages of treatment. A therapy dog accompanied the participants during the dental procedure. The main results indicated that a decrease in discomfort was perceived during the intervention, and there was also an improvement in the patient’s evaluation of the experience. The results are based on the decrease in patients’ blood pressure when taken in the middle of the dental treatment.

Tipo de elemento: Article
Palabras claves no controlados: anxiety; dental anxiety; dog-assisted therapy
Materias: B Filosofía, Psicología, Religión > BF Psicología
R Medicina > RK Odontología
Divisiones: Organización Deportiva
Usuario depositante: Lic. Alma Méndez
Vanegas Farfano, Minervaminerva.vanegas@gmail.comNO ESPECIFICADO
González Ramírez, Mónica ESPECIFICADO
Fecha del depósito: 12 Jun 2020 12:59
Última modificación: 12 Jun 2020 12:59

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