Cover of Dental Fear and Anxiety in Paediatric Patients by Caroline Campbell (2017)Dental Fear and Anxiety in Pediatric Patients: Practical Strategies to Help Children Cope by Caroline Campbell (Editor) (2017). – This excellent book provides practical strategies to help children cope. Any of the principles can also be adapted for use with adults.

Treating Fearful Dental Patients – A patient management handbook (1995) – Some parts of this book, which was written by the team of the now-defunct Dental Fears Research Clinic in Seattle, may seem a little outdated by today’s standards, but it contains lots of practical tips (if you can lay your hands on a copy that is – they’re in short supply!).


Dentistry Uncensored with Mike Gow: this interview covers tips for helping nervous patients, painless injections, a discussion of the Wand and similar devices, sedation, and hypnosis.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Alex Keir, Eileen Johnston, and Rhona Hutchison: Dental Nurse Alex Keir, Dr. Eileen Johnston, and Dental Nurse Rhona Hutchison discuss treating dental anxiety with CBT.

Overviews – Managing dental anxiety, fear and phobia

Management of fear and anxiety in the dental clinic: a review (JM Armfield, LJ Heaton, 2013) – This paper presents a review of a number of non-pharmacological techniques that can be used to help anxious patients

Strategies to manage patients with dental anxiety and dental phobia: literature review (DP Appukuttan, 2016)

Dental Anxiety, Fear and Phobia (PDF) – Mike Gow shines some light on dental phobias – and explains how the International Society of Dental Anxiety Management can help

Behavioural Management and Communication

Conscious sedation – the only tool in the box? (2008) – Stephen Woolley looks at some underlying assumptions made about the management of dental phobia and the ramifications of sedation as being the preferred method employed with anxious patients.

Acclimatising Child Patients (BDJ, 2013): A collection of tips by Murray Hawkins, some of which can also work well with adult patients.

The Use of Positive Language in Dentistry (PDF file) – Mike Gow describes how to use positive language and suggestion in your practice, and also provides an example of a positively framed patient leaflet following tooth removal.

The inter-personal work of dental conscious sedation: a qualitative analysis (2017) – Stephen Woolley discusses data regarding the inter-personal work integral to effective conscious sedation provision.

Local Anaesthesia

Handbook of Local Anesthesia – Book and DVD Package by Stanley Malamed – 6th Ed. / 2012. Try before you buy: Malamed’s Local Anaesthesia videos on Youtube

Successful Local Anaesthesia for Restorative Dentistry and Endodontics by Al Reader, John Nusstein and Melissa Drum (2012). This book will help you successfully anaesthetize your patients using the newest technology and drugs available. It presents the rationale, advantages, and limitations of the various anaesthetic agents and routes of administration. A special emphasis is placed on supplemental anaesthetic techniques.

How to overcome failed local anaesthesia by J.G. Meechan (PDF file)

Advanced Local Anaesthetia – What you need to know (slides) by David A. Isen (2017)

The Wand – Information for UK customers wishing to purchase the Wand/STA computer-assisted anaesthesia system


Keeping an Open Mind (PDF file): Mike Gow explains some of the ways hypnotherapy can be used in day-to-day practice.

Patient Forms and Research Questionnaires

Reliability and validity of the Index of Dental Anxiety and Fear (IDAF-4C+) in an Australian adult sample (Jason Armfield) – A new and improved instrument for measuring dental anxiety and fear which avoids many of the problems associated with the MDAS and Corah’s Dental Anxiety Scale, Revised (DAS-R)

Your Wellbeing During Dental Visits: This patient form was developed by people with dental anxieties. It is designed to tackle specific fears as well as helping to identify victims of abuse or trauma. Also useful for practice websites, so patients can complete the form prior to their appointment.

“How do we measure dental fear and what are we measuring anyway?” by Jason M. Armfield (2010). A review and critique of dental anxiety indices.

Miscellaneous resources

Supporting People with Dental Anxiety: A free course on supporting people with dental anxiety. Four courses are available, aimed at teenagers, parents or dental practitioners. You need to register to access the course.

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