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Anxiety and Special Needs in Pediatric Dentistry

Working with pediatric dental patients can be unpredictable and challenging. With this set of interactive online articles, learn new strategies for managing pediatric patients with anxiety and special needs, and how to work with their parents and guardians for a successful dental visit.


Course Overview

CE Credits
Months to Access Course
Hours to Complete
Post-Course Assessment Questions

Dealing with anxiety and special needs in pediatric patients can be challenging, and the role parents play through their interactions with their children can minimize or enhance these challenges. This set of articles gathers research on factors contributing to dental anxiety among pediatric patients, successful strategies in mitigating these anxieties, and the key role parents can play in treating patients with special needs.

You’ll learn strategies for managing dental fear and anxiety in children and adolescents, understand how parenting style can mediate the child’s temperament, identify the factors that influence behavior, and explore ways to incorporate various techniques. When you complete the articles and pass the assessment, you’ll earn 12 CE credits.

Course Credentials

February 2016
September 2019
Next Review:
September 2022

Course Compatibility

Desktop, laptop and tablet

AGD Code: 430

After completing all of the articles, you will be able to:

  • Understand effective strategies for managing dental fear and anxiety in children and adolescents
  • Recognize the use of pharmacologic agents in managing young, behaviorally challenging patients who have experienced dental trauma
  • Understand that parenting style can mediate child temperament and anxiety, and parenting style should be considered in the selection of behavioral guidance techniques
  • Describe how to engage both children with special needs and their parents or guardians in oral health promotion, and how the patient’s level of functioning might predict the degree to which parents or guardians engage in oral health-promotion efforts
  • Identify factors influencing behavioral guidance technique utilization among practicing pediatric dentists and explore potential barriers to implementation

Subject Matter Experts

These articles were previously published by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.


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