Behaviour Management (DENT5031)


The student must understand the sociology and psychology of pain and behavioural responses of patients to dental treatment and their implications for the effective practice of dentistry. The student must understand the different psychological aspects of phobias and the behavioural responses of children to dental treatment. This course covers aspects of child behavioural development and its relevance to patient management. The course will cover non-pharmacological control of pain and anxiety and behaviour shaping, including hypnosis. Pharmacological control of pain and anxiety, including local anaesthesia, relative analgesia and oral and IV sedation. General anaesthesia, including child assessment and hospital protocols and emergencies in dental and hospital practice.

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clinical prac 24hr/wk, 4x3 hr tut


clinical prac (25%), tutorials (25%), 1x3 hr written exam (25%), 1xviva (25%)


Handbook of Pediatric Dentistry, Cameron and Widmer, 3rd

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.