SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M2B923067
Module Leader Nikki Lafferty
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject SHLS - School Office
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Successful completion of level 1 modules

Summary of Content

This module introduces the students to the suitability of various methods of managing and controlling anxiety, enabling them to select the most appropriate behavioural method to manage an individual patient's anxiety. The student will be provided with the theoretical knowledge for the development of clinical practice It also provides students with the learning opportunities to understand the complications which may arise in the application of methods of pain control.


-360b7 Pharmacology b7 Inferior Dental Blocks b7 Sedation b7 Topical Anaesthesics b7 Alternative and complementary therapies. b7 Legal Control:-Classes of drugs, Definition of controlled drugs, BNF, MIMS, Data sheet compendium b7 Pharmakonetics:-Routes of administration, Absorption, distribution and clearance, Adverse drug interactions b7 Drugs in Dentistry - Antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals, analgesics, b7 Drugs in Medicine - sterioids, anticoagulants, immunosuppresants, antidepressants, antihypertensives b7 Inferior Dental Block & Analgesia - Revision of pharmacokinetics, Revision of anatomy, Techniques, Complications b7 Conscious Sedation - indications, contra-indications, techniques b7 Topical Anaesthetic - use of Oraqix b7 Other techniques - complimentary therapies

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this moulde the student should be able to:-Explain the principles of obtaining valid patient consent-Obtain valid consent from the patient- Describe the properties of relevant drugs and therapeutic agents and discuss their application to patient management-Assess patients' levels of anxiety, experience and expectations in respect of dental care-Manage patient anxiety and pain through effective communication, reassurance and relevant behavioural techniques-Manage patient pain through the appropriate use of analgesia-Explain the risks and benefits of treatment under general anaesthesia and conscious sedation-Recognise the risks around the clinical environment and manage these in a safe and efficient manner-Implement and perform effective decontamination and infection control procedures according tocurrent guidelines-Recognise and take responsibility for the quality of care provided to the patient-Recognise and comply with systems and processes to support safe patient care

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Interactive lectures to establish theoretical framework. Tutorials to clarify reinforce and integrate knowledge and encourage reflection. Enhancement of communication skills through: Group teaching and learning Problem-based learning Patient based tutorials Pharmacology. Inferior dental blocks. Sedation. Topical anaesthetics. Alternative and complementary therapies

Indicative Reading

British National Formulary. RPS Publishing. EversH & G HaegerstamG.(1990) Introduction to Dental Local Anaesthesia. Astra Meechan.(2002) Practical Dental Local Anaesthesia. Quintessence Meechan, Robb, Seymour.(2002) Pain and Anxiety Control for the Anxious Patient. Oxford University Press Scully, Cawson.(2005) Medical Problems in Dentistry 5th edition. Churchill Livingstone Simons, David, Poter, Cath, Temple, Graham (2007) Hypnosis and Communication in Dental Practice. Quintessence. Websites: www.nhs.ukconditionsanaesthetic-localpagesintroduction.aspx

Transferrable Skills

Independent research Applying evidence based dentistry Psychomotor skills Skills of negotiation Psychosocial skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 18.00
Placement 50.00
Tutorials (FT) 5.00
Assessment (FT) 10.00
Independent Learning (FT) 17.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 1.00 30.00 35% Written exam
Course Work 02 n/a 70.00 35% Portfolio