The Use of Advanced Behavioral Techniques to Quell Dental Anxiety
AGD Subject Code: 153
The principles of applied behavior analysis and functional behavior assessment are key to assuaging patients’ dental anxiety, fear, and dentophobia.
After reading this course, the participant should be able to:
- Explain the impacts of dental anxiety, fear, and dentophobia, and the prevalence of these emotions in the United States patient population.
- Discuss behavioral tools for managing anxious dental patients, including applied behavior analysis, the modified dental anxiety scale, ABC contingencies, and functional behavior assessment.
- Describe how adopting behavior management techniques can create a comforting and patient-centered care environment.
This course was published in the May 2023 issue and expires May 2026. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.