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Understanding and Managing Dental Fear and Anxiety


Dental fear and anxiety exist along a continuum and are experienced uniquely among persons seeking care. These factors can significantly impact a person’s dental attendance and oral health. Thus, it is important that oral health providers understand this phenomenon and how to assess and comprehensively manage it in the clinical setting.

Join us in this FREE webinar as Cameron L. Randall, Ph.D., offers a psychological perspective on the role that pain, fear and anxiety can play in oral health as well as associated non-pharmacological management strategies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the causes of and psychological processes involved in dental fear and anxiety, including the role of pain perception.
  • Highlight the impact of fear and anxiety on dental attendance.
  • Identify methods to assess an individual’s dental fear and anxiety.
  • Apply person-centered care strategies for managing dental fear, anxiety and avoidance.

CE Information

The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

An evaluation form is available to participants after the conclusion of the webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by Dec. 10, 2022. After completing the evaluation, webinar participants can print and save the CE Verification Form.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credit.

All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.


  • Cameron L. Randall, Ph.D.

    Cameron L. Randall, Ph.D. is an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral Health Sciences and clinical psychologist in the Department of Oral Medicine at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. He earned an M.S. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from West Virginia University and completed residency training in behavioral medicine and neuropsychology at the University of Washington. His research in behavioral dentistry and dental public health is focused on pain, fear, anxiety, health behavior and the implementation of evidence-based practice by oral health professionals.

December 10, 2019
Tue 3:00 PM EST

Duration 1H 0M

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