Positive Vibes Only: Behavior Guidance for Pediatric Patients

RDH Under One Roof - July 2023

Date & Time: Thursday, July 20, 2023, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Speaker: An Chih Do – RDH, MEd, MAADH

Learning Objectives: 

  • Recognize the difference between dental fear and anxiety (DFA) and dental phobia.
  • Discuss the factors that contribute to dental anxiety in pediatric patients. Identify signs and symptoms of dental anxiety.
  • Apply behavior guidance techniques for positive dental visits with pediatric patients.

The World Health Organization recognizes Odontophobia, the fear of going to the dentist, as a disease that affects the population and can be detrimental to overall health. The three classes of Odontophobia range from mild to severe, integrating Dental Fear and Anxiety (DFA). Further studies indicate the development of DFA has an increased prevalence between seven and nine years old.  DFA can affect anyone, but children are particularly susceptible. DFA can lead to severe repercussions to one’s oral health and is considered a significant barrier to receiving dental care. It can start with avoiding essential dental care, which leads to the deterioration of oral health. The neglect of oral care may lead to pain and the patient knowing extensive treatment is needed. Feelings of guilt, shame, fear, and anxiety arise, which continues the damaging cycle.  Multiple factors may affect DFA, such as age, socioeconomic status, culture, siblings, clinical environment, dental procedures, parental/maternal anxiety, and dental visit experiences. This course will emphasize non-pharmacological behavior guidance techniques and appointment recommendations to help build positive pediatric patient visits to alleviate anxiety.

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Course Includes

  • 1 Lesson
  • Course Certificate
  • CE credit(s): 2

    Course Type: Live Conference

    Published Date: July 20, 2023

    This continuing education (CE) activity was developed by Endeavor Business Media with no commercial support.

    This course was written for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants, from novice to skilled.

    Educational methods: This course is a self-instructional journal and web activity.

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    Requirements for successful completion: To obtain 2 CE credits for this educational activity, you must pay the required fee, review the material, complete the course evaluation, and obtain an exam score of 70% or higher.

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    Registration: The cost of this CE course is Free for 2 CE credits.

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    Provider information:

    Dental Board of California: Provider RP5933. Course registration number CA code: 1-5933-22164. Expires July 19, 2024. “This course meets the Dental Board of California’s requirements for 2 units of continuing education.”


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