Using the principles of applied behavior analysis and functional behavior assessment can help allay patients’ dental anxiety, fear and dentophobia.
AGD Subject Code: 0153
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 U.S. 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.