Fears and anxieties about dental care are common and can be challenging for patients and providers alike. Left unmanaged, dental fear and anxiety can negatively impact dental treatment utilization, oral health, and physical and emotional well-being. This session will highlight concepts for understanding dental fear and anxiety, discuss its causes and consequences, and introduce practical evidence-based approaches for assessing and managing dental fear and anxiety.
Presenters: Cameron Randall, PhD, Tamanna Tiwari, MPH, MDS, BDS
Cameron L. Randall, PhD, is a clinical health psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral Health Sciences at the University of Washington School of Dentistry in Seattle. Broadly, his work applies behavioral science to dentistry and dental public health. The overall goals of his work are to improve dental care delivery and oral health, with a major aim to reduce health disparities.
Tamanna Tiwari, MPH, MDS, BDS, is a dentist and dental public health specialist specializing in integrating behavioral health and oral health. Her efforts have focused on transdisciplinary behavioral and social aspects of dentistry, and she has expertise in oral health literacy, oral health behaviors, and their impact on oral and overall health. Her work sheds light on models of integrating medical, behavioral, and dental care and its critical role in positive patient outcomes and provider engagement.
Earn 1.5 continuing education credits from the American Dental Association (ADA) CER program, The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) for attending this session.