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IN-PERSON EVENT, hosted by the Northern Ireland Branch

What to expect

The first lecture will be led by Nial Neeson discussing effective tools and strategies that can be immediately incorporated into daily practice, followed by a lecture by Adele Cunningham outlining the special care dentistry services in Northern Ireland including established care pathways, challenges, and opportunities for future development.


18:45 Registration and exhibition

19:00 Lecture - Nial Neeson

20:00 Refreshments and exhibition 

20:15 Lecture - Adele Cunningham 

21:15 Q&A

21:30 Close

Learning objectives

Managing anxious patients in your practice - Nial Neeson

  • Discuss and break the unhelpful spiral of dental anxiety
  • Utilise effective communication and rapport-building techniques
  • Introduce strategies that reduce the unhelpful effects of the fight or flight response
  • Consider the benefits to be gained by embracing dental anxiety.

Special care dental services in Northern Ireland - Adele Cunningham

  • Define special care dentistry 
  • Awareness of care pathways for SCD
  • Identity reasonable adjustments for people requiring SCD
  • Introduction to treatment planning for special care cases.

Development outcomes

A, C and D

Meet the speakers

Niall Neeson Headshot Nial Neeson ‘Dental Fear Solutions’ service in Boyne Dental Navan
Adele Cunningham Headshot Adele Cunningham Consultant in Special Care Dentistry

More information

Click here to view the BDA Northern Ireland Branch 2024 programme.

​If you feel at all unwell, we encourage you to take a lateral flow test the evening before you are due to arrive - should your test result be positive, we ask you not to attend.

If your test is negative, but you do have symptoms of COVID-19 (a new, persistent cough; a high temperature; or loss/changes to your sense of taste or smell) we kindly request you consider not attending the event to mitigate any risk to other attendees.

Please email [email protected] with any dietary requirements.

Click here to view the event programme which you will need to submit with your CPD certificate. 

The Isdell Courtyard, Riddel Hall, Queens University Belfast, 185 Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5EE

The centrepiece of the site is the original Grade 2-listed red brick building, which has been sympathetically renovated to retain many original features while incorporating the best of today’s technology.

Riddel Hall also has free limited on-site parking for delegates based on a first come, first served basis. In an effort to avoid disappoint and help the environment, delegates should be encouraged to commute via alternative means.

Connect with us

Learn more about our Northern Ireland Branch and join the Northern Ireland Branch Facebook group

I enjoyed meeting other dentists and discussing everyday matters while learning and being motivated by the speakers.

Well organised and interesting topic, the evening was very informative and there was good passion from the speakers about their subject.