Kids Anxiety a problem during Dental Visit Take the New Approach

Kids are usually made to eat food by saying “I will take you to a dentist if you dont finish it” So the fear of a dentist is created from early childhood and when the child enters a clinic he is assured by seeing those scary looking instruments and the chair.

The fear in children during a dental visit is due to the combined effort of presence of sharp instruments and scary looking dental equipment or due to the fear put into the child about the dentist.

There has been a research done on the subject of fear in children taking account of their anxiety levels during a dental visit and some techniques with which they can be controlled, to make the dentists visit a happy one.

Here is the whole story.

Dr. Michele Shapiro of the Issie Shapiro Educational Center and colleagues from Hebrew University in Israel studied the effects of the sensory environment on a child’s anxiety levels during two separate routine cleaning visits to the dentist. The researchers observed 35 children between the ages of 6-11 years, 16 of whom were developmentally disabled. They measured the anxiety levels of the children during each visit using a behavior checklist and monitored each child’s electro-dermal activity, an objective measure of arousal.

The first trip included the typical sensory experiences of a dental office, including fluorescent lighting and the use of an overhead dental lamp. During the second trip, however, the researchers created a sensory adapted environment that modified the experience of the children. No overhead lighting was used, a slow moving repetitive color lamp was added, and the dental hygienist wore a special LED headlamp that directed the light into the child’s mouth. The children listened to soothing music and were wrapped in a heavy vest that created a “hugging” effect. The dental chair itself was also modified to produce a vibration.

Dr. Shapiro and her colleagues found that anxiety levels decreased in all children when the sensory adapted environment was used. The duration of anxious behavior dropped significantly, from an average of 3.69 minutes to 1.48 minutes in typical children. The decreased anxiety levels were even more notable in children with developmental disability, with averages dropping from 23.44 minutes to 9.04 minutes. Dr. Shapiro and her colleagues are hopeful that this new method may have a potential use in other medical settings as well. As Dr. Shapiro notes, “This new approach may even replace sedatives and other invasive procedures in the future.”

Source-Oral care India

So i think these measures taken in a dentists clinic will help us decrease the dear in a childs mind and the misconception of the “Evil dentist” from the childs mind, so the child can visit the dentist without fear.

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  1. April 15, 2009

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