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04-5631-17044: Managing the Pediatric Dental Patient

Course Abstract:

Contact Hours (CE): The Academy of Dental Learning and OSHA Training, LLC, designates this activity for 4 continuing education credits (4 CEs).
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Published: October 2012
Updated: September 2017
Expires: October 2020
Course Instructor: Anne P. Dodds, BDS, MPH, PhD.
Health Science Editor: Megan Wright, RDH, MS
No conflicts of interest are reported by the author or by educational planning committee members.

Educational Objectives

  • Describe the behavior management goals for pediatric dental patients and other patient groups whose behavior requires management to permit the delivery of quality dental care
  • Describe and perform techniques of Basic Behavior Guidance
  • Describe techniques of Advanced Behavior Management

Course Description

The goals of behavior management in dentistry are to establish effective communication, to alleviate patient fear and anxiety and build a trusting relationship with the patient that will ultimately allow the dentist to deliver quality dental care and promote in the patient a positive attitude towards dental care and oral health. Behavioral management of this diverse group (including children and adolescents under age 21 years, patients who present behavioral challenges due to mental, physical or medical disabilities) has been traditionally considered to fall into two areas, Basic Behavior Guidance Techniques and Advanced Behavior Guidance. This course examines each of these areas in detail and offers advice in the use of basic management techniques (Tell-show-do (TSD), modeling and distraction) that can be applied in the dental office. Also includes update in 2015 for Ask-Tell-Ask technique, meant to empower child more as a proactive participant. Advanced management modalities (physical management, aversive management and pharmacologic management) are discussed but their use will require further training to satisfy professional board requirements.

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Contact Hours: 4.00
Price: $40.00

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