“Treating Fearful Dental Patients”

Treating Fearful Dental Patients – A Patient Management Handbook by Peter Milgrom, Philip Weinstein and Tracy Getz (Second Edition, 1995)

Treating Fearful Dental Patients book cover

This major revision of the classic comprehensive textbook on dental fear provides essential information on all aspects of the successful management of fearful dental patients and the prevention of dental fear. The revised text has a wealth of practical knowledge for the entire dental staff – dentist, hygienist, assistant, and receptionist. Additions to the text include new materials on pain control, problems with local anesthesia, management of gagging, the use of anxiolytics, child coping techniques, sedation, and more.

This out-of-print book, which contains many practical tips, can be viewed online: Click here to read online!

There also appears to be a 3rd edition out. This new edition does not appear to be available from retailers yet, however, it can be purchased online here:

“The Fearful Dental Patient”

The Fearful Dental Patient: A Guide to Understanding and Managing by Arthur A. Weiner (Editor) (2010)

The Fearful Dental Patient

This book helps dental professionals understand the basics of fear, anxiety and phobias and the role these emotions play in creating negative behavior within the dental environment. The text contains a variety of modalities that help identify dental fear and phobia, as well as chair–side techniques and practical advice aimed at improving patient cooperation and ensuring treatment compliance. Chapter topics include the basic origins of patient fear and anxiety, how to identify dental anxiety and varied approaches to managing fearful patients of any age. Approaches discussed employ behavioral, pharmacological, sedation and even hypnotic techniques, specifying combinations where required. Chapters also include coverage of a wide range of patients, including those with psychiatric comorbidities and special healthcare needs.

“Handbook of Local Anesthesia”

Handbook of Local Anesthesia by Stanley Malamed – 6th Ed. / 2012 and Malamed’s Local Anesthesia Administration DVD

Handbook of Local Anesthesia 6th edition

It’s essential to a pain-free practice! Learn how to practice safe and effective local anesthesia in dentistry. And avoid the complications that may result from hazards or errors in technique. The 6th edition of Handbook of Local Anesthesia is a practical “how-to” guide, updated with the latest advances in science, technology, and pain control techniques. From basic concepts to specific injection techniques, from dosage charts to the proper care and handling of equipment, key information is brought to life with an all-new, full-color design. Videos on an available companion DVD (sold separately) are narrated by Dr. Stanley Malamed, covering topics such as local anesthetic agents, anesthetic injection techniques, potential complications, and risk management.

“Practical Dental Local Anaesthesia”

Practical Dental Local Anaesthesia by John Meechan (Second revised edition, 2010).

Dental Local Anaesthesia by John Meechan

This work covers aspects of local anaesthesia relevant to operative pain control in dental practice. It will describe the techniques available to dentists to provide anaesthesia of the teeth and surounding structures. The management of failure, safety issues and methods of reducing injection discomfort will also be described.

“Successful Local Anaesthesia”

Successful Local Anaesthesia for Restorative Dentistry and Endodontics by Al Reader, John Nusstein and Melissa Drum (2012).

Successful Local Anaesthesia for Restorative Dentistry and Endodontics

If dentists are able to provide painless treatment, patient compliance and satisfaction are likely to improve. Pulpal anesthesia is a vital part of the delivery of dental care for restorative dentists and endodontists. Administration of local anesthesia is invariably the first procedure they perform and it affects everything they do thereafter. If the patient is not adequately anesthetized, difficulties inevitably arise. This book will help you successfully anesthetize your patients using the newest technology and drugs available. It presents the rationale, advantages, and limitations of the various anesthetic agents and routes of administration. A special emphasis is placed on supplemental anesthetic techniques that are essential to the practice of dentistry.

“Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Dental Phobia and Anxiety”

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Dental Phobia and Anxiety by Lars-Göran Öst: This title has not yet been released and will be available 28 December 2012. You can pre-order this book on Amazon.

CBT for Dental Phobia and Anxiety

Intended for professionals and researchers in clinical psychology and dentistry as well as practicing dentists, this presents the first guide to evidence-based CBT treatment of dental anxiety. Author Lars-Göran Öst presents his single-session phobia treatment protocol tailored to the treatment of dental phobia. Chapters include coverage of dental anxiety in children and adolescents as well as the use of pharmacological methods as a supplement to psychological treatment, and the takes account of cultural factors that may influence the availability of dental phobia treatment.

“Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for people with dental fear and anxiety: A toolkit”

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for people with dental fear and anxiety: A toolkit: A unique collaboration between SAAD and the King’s College London Dental Institute Health Psychology Service has resulted in this guide to Cognitive Behavioural Techniques for people with dental fear and anxiety. The toolkit is aimed at dental healthcare professionals who wish to work with people with dental fear, combining effective and proven cognitive behavioural techniques with pharmacological management. Cost: £30 plus P+P.

“Hypnosis and Communication in Dental Practice”

Hypnosis and Communication in Dental Practice by David Simons, Cath Potter and Graham Temple (2007).

Hypnosis and Communication in Dentistry

This book presents a philosophy for reducing patients’ anxiety and putting them at ease, beginning the moment they call for an appointment. Combining clinical hypnosis techniques with specialized communication strategies (both verbal and nonverbal), the authors guide the entire dental team in every facet of patient interaction. Through instructional scripts and case histories, they offer specific techniques for managing fear, anxiety, and pain; sedation; smoking cessation; and treatment of children, among other topics.

“Clinical Sedation in Dentistry”

Clinical Sedation in Dentistry by N. M. Girdler, C. M. Hill and K. E. Wilson (2009).

Clinical Sedation in Dentistry

Clinical Sedation in Dentistry is a comprehensive textbook on the principles and practice of clinical sedation in dentistry, written by experienced educators and internationally renowned researchers in the field. Chapters cover the following key topics: the etiology of dental anxiety, patient management techniques, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, patient assessment and selection, pre–medication and oral sedation, special care dentistry, inhalation and intravenous sedation, complications and emergencies, medico–legal aspects, and advances.

“Pain and Anxiety Control for the Conscious Dental Patient”

Pain and Anxiety Control for the Conscious Dental Patient by John G. Meechan and Nigel D. Robb (1998).

Pain and Anxiety Control for the Conscious Dental Patient

This textbook covers both local anaesthesia and sedation, and provides practical instructions for the dental student. Provides comprehensive coverage of pain and anxiety management for conscious dental patients; covers the control of operative, perioperative and post-operative pain in dentistry; describes all aspects of local anaesthesia and sedation in dentistry; provides a rational approach to the prescription of drugs; practical guidance and instruction on techniques.

“Management of Pain and Anxiety in the Dental Office”

Management of Pain and Anxiety in the Dental Office by R. A. Dionne, J. Phero and D. Becker (2002).

Management of Pain and Anxiety in the Dental Office

Management of Pain and Anxiety in the Dental Office presents all the scientific and technical aspects of pain and anxiety control that are useful in dentistry. In this practical resource, leading authorities explain the principles of pharmacology and physiology required to properly assess the patient’s medical status and monitor vital physiologic functions during sedation and anesthesia. It identifies the principles of pain and anxiety, examines the pharmacological considerations of working with patients who are anxious or in acute pain, and discusses the intraoperative management of pain and anxiety, as well as addressing the diagnosis and management of chronic orofacial pain. Separate chapters are devoted to pediatric patients, the developmentally disabled, TMD, and many other topics. American and rather technical but good for anyone wanting to deepen their knowledge of sedation.

“Phobias: A Handbook of Theory, Research and Treatment”

Phobias: A Handbook of Theory, Research and Treatment by Graham Davey (Editor) (1999).


Psychological treatments available for specific phobias have been refined considerably in recent years. This extensive handbook acknowledges these treatments and includes the description and nature of prevalent phobias, details of symptoms, prevalence rates, individual case histories, and a brief review of our knowledge of the aetiology of phobias. Key knowledge about phobias is brought together in this one critical and accessible handbook, which saves the busy clinician time and provides an authoritative guide to the literature. It is systematically compiled to act as a working tool providing an integrated, contemporary account of prevalent specific phobias, their treatment and theoretical issues concerning aetiology. Of particular interest are the late Gerry Kent’s excellent chapter on Dental Phobias as well as chapters on Blood-Injury-Injection phobia and agoraphobia.

“Panic Attacks Workbook”

Panic Attacks Workbook – A Guided Program for Beating the Panic Trick by David Carbonell (2004).

Panic Attacks Workbook

The fear of having a panic attack in the dental chair (for example as a result of local anaesthetic injections) and/or of the feeling of numbness causing panic are quite common specific dental fears. In this book, clinical psychologist David Carbonell demystifies panic disorder and agoraphobia. Although the book is primarily aimed at people suffering with panic attacks, it does a great job of explaining the reasons behind them and provides the reader with a good insight into panic disorder. Probably the best book on panic attacks currently on the market.

“Behavioral Dentistry”

Behavioral Dentistry by David I. Mostofsky, Albert G. Forgione, Donald B. Giddon (Editors) (2006).

Behavioral Dentistry

This books contains some chapters relevant to dental anxiety and fear – for example Chapter 6 (Hypnosis in Dentistry by Bruce Peltier), Chapter 9 (Chairside Techniques for Reducing Dental Fear by Ronald W. Botto), Chapter 15 (Nonpharmacological Approaches to Managing Pain and Anxiety by Eugene Hittelman and Saul Bahn).

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