The Science of Dental Fear

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About The Presenter

Larry J. Sangrik, D.D.S. graduated from Ohio State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. He completed his dental degree at the Ohio State College of Dentistry in 1979. Subsequently, he completed the intravenous sedation program at Miami Valley Hospital of Dayton, Ohio and the comprehensive externship at Midwest Implant Institute.

Active in organized dentistry, Dr. Sangrik has long held numerous positions at both local and state levels. He currently serves as a state delegate to the Ohio Dental Association (ODA) and as a member of the ODA’s Committee on Education and Licensure. He has also served as a consultant to the Ohio State Dental Board on a task force concerning the use of oral sedation.

Dr. Sangrik is a well-known dental CE lecturer in the areas of medical emergencies, dental fear, vital signs/patient monitoring, and nitrous oxide/oral sedation. He has been a featured speaker at the American Dental Association Annual Session, the Hinman Dental Meeting of Atlanta, the Yankee Dental Congress, the Chicago Midwinter Meeting, the Rocky Mountain Dental Convention, and at the dental schools of the University of Mississippi, Creighton University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Additionally, he had addressed many state and regional dental conventions. He has written for Dentistry Today and has consistently been named as one of America’s Leaders in Dental Continuing Education.

Dr. Sangrik maintains a full-time general practice in his hometown of Chardon, Ohio with an emphasis on the treatment of apprehensive patients with IV sedation.

Successfully Treating the Apprehensive Patient

NOTE: This course will be conducted in Memphis and will be teleconferenced to the Kingsport Center for Higher Education in Kingsport, TN.

  • March 11, 2011
  • 9 am to 4 pm. (CST) / 10am to 5pm (EST)
  • Location: Memphis and Kingsport
  • CE credit: 6 Hours
  • Course Presenter: Larry J. Sangrik, D.D.S.
  • Course Registration Form

Cost and Location Specifics

Early Bird Special - $179 per dentist and $109 per auxiliary. After March 7 - $199 per dentist and $129 per auxiliary. Registration at the door is an additional $25. This course will be conducted in Memphis and will be teleconferenced to the Kingsport Center for Higher Education in Kingsport, TN.


Course will be held on the UTHSC campus in the Humphreys General Education Building, at the corner of Madison and Dunlap. Parking is available in the parking garage located at 869 Madison Avenue, next to the building. Parking is $5.


Course will be held in the Kingsport Center for Higher Education located at 300 West Market Street on the corner of Market & Clay Streets. Free parking is available at the KCHE – enter off Clay Street.


Group lunch provided in Memphis. Lunch in Kingsport is on your own.

Course Description

Research indicates that an overwhelming percentage of patients find dental care to be an anxiety-producing experience. At the same time, dentists and dental teams are frustrated when techniques that comfort one patient backfire on another.

This course explores the underlying types of dental fear and the impact on a patient’s personality. Skills to identify these fears and alternatives to treat the patient’s fears will be discussed. Offices are encouraged to attend as a group. Principles learned will benefit dentists, clinical assistants, hygienists and business staff.

Both psychological and pharmacological techniques will be covered. Emphasis will be placed on safely monitoring patients sedated with nitrous oxide supplemented with oral sedatives.

Upon successful completion of the course, the participant should be able to:

  1. Have a basic vocabulary of dental fear including definitions of fear, anxiety, phobia and apprehension.
  2. Understand the relationship between the intensity of an emotion and the proximity of the event that initiates that emotion.
  3. Understand the concept of the approach/avoidance conflict and how it pertains to the behavior of dental patients.
  4. Identify the four underlying causes of dental fear in a given patient and the intensity of the fear.
  5. Identify the four basic personality types.
  6. Understand the various mechanisms to collect information on dental fear from a patient and which is most applicable for their particular office.
  7. Understand the influence of the dentist’s personality on the collection of dental fear information.
  8. Understand the five treatment options to address dental fear, including the advantages and disadvantages of each.
  9. Be capable of developing a dental treatment plan that includes consideration of a patient’s dental fears.
  10. Be capable of using oral benzodiazopines supplemented with nitrous oxide to aid fearful patients.
  11. Understand how to properly monitor lightly sedated patient using pulse oximetry and respond appropriately should complications develop.
  12. Understand how to be compensated for the extra time invested in the treatment of a fearful dental patient.

The University of Tennessee College of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The University of Tennessee designates this activity for 6 hours continuing education credits.