Dental Anxiety, Fear and Phobia for the General Dentistry Practice

Presented by: Dr. Jordan Prince

RCDSO Expiry Date: August 31, 2025

To qualify as a Core Category 1 course, the course certificate must be issued no later than this date.

RCDSO CE Points: 3, Category 1

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  • Dr. Jordan Prince DDS, MSc

    Dr. Jordan Prince completed his dental training at Schulich School of Dentistry and Medicine at the University of Western Ontario in 2014 and is a recent graduate of the Dental Anesthesia Program at the University of Toronto. He practices in Toronto, Hamilton and Mississauga, along with acting as a part time clinical instructor at the Graduate Dental Anesthesia Program. Prior to completing his training, he practiced in his native Southern Ontario. His wife and him are proud new parents of a baby boy.

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The purpose of this half day course is to educate the general dentist on the clinically relevant differences between dental anxiety, fear and phobia along with the detrimental effects that each condition has on oral health. Community prevalence and associated risk factors will be explored. Participants will be exposed to techniques, supported through literature, on how to clinically assess for each of anxiety, fear and phobia. Participants will be educated on evidence-based interventions utilized to manage anxiety, fear and phobias. Techniques that aim to improve patient dental care acceptance for each condition will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Definitions and Clinical Differences of Anxiety, Fear and Phobia 
    1. Medical Definition Presented
    2. Exposure to Medical Sub-types of Anxiety, Fear and Phobia
    3. Narrowed Focus on Anxiety, Fear and Phobia impact on the Dentist
    4. Exposure to Prevalence and Oral Health Impact of Dental Anxiety, Fear and Phobia
  2. The Nervous Patient 
    1. Exposure to Risk Factors of Dental Anxiety, Fear and Phobia
    2. Exposure to Validated Methods the Dentist can easy use to Determine Dental Anxiety, Fear and Phobia
    3. Understanding Limitations in the Dentist’s Management of Anxiety, Fears and Phobias
  3. Techniques in Dentistry for Improving Acceptance
    1. Non-pharmacological Evidence-Based Interventions with Aim to Reduce or Manage Dental Anxiety, Fear and Phobia
    2. Pharmacological Evidence-Based Interventions with Aim to Reduce or Manage Dental Anxiety, Fear and Phobia