Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  • Review the current data on the prevalence, severity, and therapy options for anxiety and depression.
  • Identify screening tools and warning signs for anxiety and depression that can be employed by dental healthcare providers in the dental office.
  • Understand the current evidence linking anxiety and depression and oral diseases, including caries and periodontal disease.
  • Discuss mechanisms of interaction between antidepressant and anti-anxiety medication and treatment outcomes for periodontal disease and caries.
  • Be prepared to work in an integrated interdisciplinary team to assess risk factors, screen, and refer patients who may be at risk for anxiety and depression.