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Postgraduate Course: Management of Anxious Children and Adolescents (PDEN12004)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 12 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThe aim of this course is to teach the student about the aetiology, prevalence, assessment and management of dental anxiety in children and adolescents using the most appropriate non-pharmacological and pharmacological behaviour management techniques.
Course description Understanding dental anxiety and behaviour management is essential in Paediatric Dentistry. This course aims to teach the student how to recognise and categorise dental anxiety in a way that leads to the best behaviour management modality for each individual patient. Students are introduced to the national guidelines for management of anxiety with both pharmacological and non-pharmacological techniques
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 30, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 349 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% written exam
Feedback Feedback is generally provided within three weeks of the exam date.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Conduct a thorough extra- and intra-oral examination in a manner which is appropriate to the age and stage of development of the child
  2. Apply non-pharmacological and behaviour management techniques used in the United Kingdom (UK) appropriately to their clinical practice
  3. Use local anaesthesia and procedural pain management in paediatric dentistry
  4. Contrast conscious sedation techniques used in the UK
  5. Evaluate the indications, contraindications and decision making processes involved in referring children for treatment under General Anaesthesia
Reading List
The reading list will be made available prior to the start of teaching.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The postgraduate will use initiative and will demonstrate self-motivation whilst developing the ability to be critical with respect to their own performance. The postgraduates will develop their skills in all aspects of Paediatric Dentistry, including diagnosis, treatment planning, clinical skills and all aspects of patient management
KeywordsLocal anaesthetic,Sedation,General anaesthesia,Physical intervention,Consent
Course organiserMrs Antoniella Busuttil Naudi
Tel: (0131) 536 3981
Course secretaryMs Petra Hopert
Tel: 0131 536 3982
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