Dental Fear and Anxiety in Pediatric Patients

Practical Strategies to Help Children Cope

  • CarolineĀ Campbell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Background and Assessment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Annie G. Morgan, Jenny Porritt
      Pages 3-19
    3. Antoniella Busuttil-Naudi
      Pages 21-30
    4. Heather Buchanan
      Pages 43-56
    5. Caroline Campbell
      Pages 57-70
    6. Caroline Campbell
      Pages 71-92
  3. Treatment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Fiona Gilchrist, Caroline Campbell
      Pages 117-136
    3. Caroline Campbell, Fiona Hogg
      Pages 137-152
    4. Fiona Hogg
      Pages 153-172
    5. Alan Hope
      Pages 173-195
    6. Zoe Marshman, Chris Williams
      Pages 227-237
  4. Moving Forward

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Zoe Marshman, Caroline Campbell
      Pages 241-252

About this book


This book is a comprehensive guide to pediatric dental fear/anxiety (DFA) and phobia that will provide practitioners with a full understanding of the etiology, prevalence, assessment, and management of these conditions. The coping styles of children when under stress are explored, with discussion of their relevance to the assessment visit and treatment allocation. Practical treatment techniques are comprehensively covered, from non-pharmacological behavioral strategies relevant for children with no or mild DFA to those approaches more appropriate for children with severe DFA/phobia. The importance of the use of language and communication skills to build rapport and allay anxiety is explored. Relaxation and hypnosis techniques are described, with guidance on how to introduce these to patients and their parents/carers. Techniques that help children cope when receiving injections are detailed, including systematic needle desensitization

; these provide practitioners with options to help resolve DFA and phobia regarding needles. Intravenous sedation, including the challenge of cannulation, is covered comprehensively. Furthermore, cognitive behavioral therapy is presented, with suggestion of practical self-help material when appropriate. The closing chapter looks to the future, discussing the barriers to and the changes required for the creation of more child-centered DFA services.


Assessment of dental anxiety Behaviour management techniques Coping with dental fear Hypnosis Neuro-linguistic programming Pediatric dental anxiety

Editors and affiliations

  • CarolineĀ Campbell
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Paediatric DentistryGlasgow Dental Hospital and SchoolGlasgowUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-48727-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-48729-8
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