Managing the Anxious Child Patient

Presented by Caroline Campbell on 20 May 2021 7:30pm

20 May 2021 at 7:30pm

An evening webinar presented by Carrie Campbell, Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry/Hon Senior Clinical Lecturer


This webinar will consider the various approaches available to manage dental fear and anxiety (DFA) in children requiring dental care and when it is appropriate to use them.


  • To introduce practical ways to engage children and their parents with DFA in general practice
  • To discuss examples of methods which improve co-operation in children
  • To discuss treatment options for children with acute dental pain
  • To ensure dentists know how this may link with existing referral pathways in Lanarkshire

Learning Outcomes

  • To be able to assess DFA in children and engage these families
  • To know when and how to use techniques which improve child co-operation and hence help with caries management (including those which are based in cognitive behavioural therapy theory).
  • To be aware of and be able to provide other treatment options rather than general anaesthesia (GA) referral
  • To understand the referral pathway – when and how to refer

About Carrie Campbell

Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry/Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer

Carrie Campbell graduated in 1996 from the University of Glasgow and took part in the first GPT scheme in Tayside-Scotland. Having worked both within the community and hospital dental settings in Scotland and England her specialist training started in 2002, back in Glasgow. This training included completing an MSc by Research in 2004 (a randomised controlled trial on child preparation for general anaesthesia). Since 2008 she has worked as a Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry/Honorary Senior Lecturer at Glasgow Dental Hospital and School. Part of this role involves managing the services for children with dental fear and anxiety, with a special interest in the treatment of children with high levels of dental fear and anxiety. She has training in hypnosis, neuro linguistic programming (NLP) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and has written a national guideline, a book dedicated to practical strategies to help children with dental fear and anxiety and has recently contributed to a book chapter on behaviour management for children in dentistry for general dental practitioners.

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