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J Clin Pediatr Dent. 2013 Fall;38(1):27-30.

Pattern of parental acceptance of management techniques used in pediatric dentistry.

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  • 1Department of Paediatric Dentistry, The Maurice and Gabriela Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel. bperetz@post.tau.ac.il
  • 2Department of Paediatric Dentistry, The Maurice and Gabriela Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Abstract

AIM:

To evaluate parents' acceptance of management techniques in Israeli pediatric dental clinics.

STUDY DESIGN:

Ninety parents who accompanied their children to three pediatric dental clinics provided information on selected parameters including their attitudes about management techniques.

RESULTS:

68.9% of the parents preferred to stay in the treatment room. The most accepted technique was positive reinforcement (81.1%) followed by tell-show-do (TSD) (76.7%, with younger parents more accepting than older, p = 0.049). The least accepted techniques were restraint (1.1%) and voice control (7.8%, especially by parents with the highest dental anxiety, p = 0.002). Sedation was unacceptable by 15.6% of the parents: those with the lowest dental anxiety agreed to sedation significantly more than those with greater dental anxiety (p = 0.031).

CONCLUSIONS:

Parents preferred more positive approaches and management techniques that involve demonstrations geared for the child's level of understanding. Restraint and voice control were more strongly rejected than sedation.

PMID:
24579279
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