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Tools and techniques for reducing dental anxiety

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Monday 21 May 2012 - Wednesday 1 August 2018
00:00 - 00:30
BDA e-learning
Address, ONLINE
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  • Dental care professional: £15.00
  • BDA member: £20.00
  • Non member: £35.00

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Tools and techniques for reducing dental anxiety

Session synopsis

This session explores techniques for alleviating the anxiety of dental patients. It looks at the importance of assessment, highlighting simple ways to evaluate how anxious your patients are and focus on intervening at a level proportionate to the amount of anxiety your patient is experiencing. Techniques discussed range from ensuring that the patient’s journey through the dental setting is calm and relaxing, through to medium level interventions of modelling and preparatory information and also high level interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Lecture filmed at the British Dental Conference and Exhibition 2012.

Learning objectives

  • Be aware of assessment techniques which can be used to help treat patients with dental fear
  • Gain an understanding of psychological behavioural approaches and techniques to help treat those with dental fear


30 minutes of verifiable CPD

A CPD certificate (in the name of the purchaser) will be available to download once viewing of this online lecture has been completed

About the speaker


Tim Newton,Professor of Psychology as applied to Dentistry, King’s College London 

Tim Newton leads the Environment and Education Research theme at King’s College London, a group which is involved in cutting edge research in the behavioural sciences as applied to dentistry, oral health services research and the development of new technologies in dental education. He has worked in the behavioural sciences in relation to dentistry for the last 18 years, and his particular interests including dental anxiety and fear, self-perceived oral health and quality of life, the working life of the dental team and patients’ perceptions of treatment. 


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