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March, 2014, Vol. 16, No. 1


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Behaviour management of an anxious child

Anil Gupta, Charu M. Marya, Hind Pal Bhatia, Vandana Dahiya


Children with dental anxiety may refuse treatment, which can lead to dental emergencies. Behavior management is an essential skill and should be acquired by all members of a dental team treating children. Dental surgery staff should be relaxed, welcoming and friendly. Make the child the centre of attention and smile. Use age-appropriate language and avoid the use of jargon. Decide who will talk to the child and when, as he/she may only be able to listen to one person at a time. Avoid non-dental conversations with colleagues during procedures.

Key words: behavior, anxiety, communication.

Received: 05 02 2013

Accepted for publishing: 21 03 2014

Anil Gupta – Dr., prof., Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Institue of Dental Studies & Technologies, Modinagar (Uttar Pradesh), India

Charu M. Marya – Dr., prof., Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sudha Rustagi Dental College, Faridabad (Haryana), India

Hind Pal Bhatia – Dr., prof., Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Manav Rachna Dental College, Faridabad (Haryana), India

Vandana Dahiya – Dr., Department of Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics, B. K. Hospital, Faridabad (Haryana), India

Address correspondence to: Dr. Charu M. Marya, Sudha Rustagi Dental College, Faridabad (Haryana), India.

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