We’re hosting a “Trash to Treasure” fundraiser to support IOH at the next meeting November 1st!
Please bring TWO items to donate. Bids for items will start at $5.00. All proceeds will go towards the IOH fund to support dental hygiene student scholarships.
🦃Join us for our November Monthly Meeting & CE!🦃
Topic: Ohana Means Family: Reducing Anxiety in Pediatric Patients
Speaker: An Chih Do, RDH, MEd, MAADH
Date: Tuesday, November 1
Location: Patterson Dental
5373 W Sam Houston Pkwy N #240, Houston, TX 77041
Cost: FREE as ADHA member – $25 as guest
Topic: The World Health Organization recognizes Odontophobia, the fear of going to the dentist, as a disease that affects the population and can be detrimental to overall health. The three classes of Odontophobia range from mild to severe, integrating Dental Fear and Anxiety (DFA). Further studies indicate the development of DFA has an increased prevalence between seven and nine years old. DFA can affect anyone, but children are particularly susceptible. DFA can lead to severe repercussions to one’s oral health and is considered a significant barrier to receiving dental care. It can start with avoiding essential dental care, which leads to deterioration of their oral health. The neglect of oral care may lead to pain and the patient knowing extensive treatment is needed. Feelings of guilt, shame, fear, and anxiety arise, which continues the damaging cycle. Multiple factors may affect DFA, such as age, socioeconomic status, culture, siblings, clinical environment, dental procedures, parental/maternal anxiety, and dental visit experiences. This course will emphasize non-pharmacological solutions such as behavior guidance techniques and appointment recommendations to help build positive visits for pediatric patients in hopes of alleviating anxiety.