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An exploratory study investigating children's perceptions of dental behavioural management techniques

Davies, E. Bethan; Buchanan, Heather

Authors

E. Bethan Davies mcxebd@nottingham.ac.uk

Heather Buchanan heather.buchanan@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

Background: Behaviour management techniques (BMTs) are utilised by dentists to aid children's dental anxiety (DA). Children's perceptions of these have been underexplored, and their feedback could help inform paediatric dentistry.

Aim: To explore children's acceptability and perceptions of dental communication and BMTs and to compare these by age, gender, and DA.

Design: A total of sixty-two 9- to 11-year-old school children participated in the study. Children's acceptability of BMTs was quantified using a newly developed Likert scale, alongside exploration of children's experiences and perceptions through interviews. anova and t-tests explored BMT acceptability ratings by age, gender, and DA. Thematic analysis was used to analyse interviews.

Findings:
Statistical analyses showed no effect of age, gender, or DA upon BMT acceptability. Children generally perceived the BMTs as acceptable or neutral; stop signals were the most acceptable, and voice control the least acceptable BMT. Beneficial experiences of distraction and positive reinforcement were common. Children described the positive nature of their dentist's communication and BMT utilisation.

Conclusion: Dental anxiety did not affect children's perceptions of BMTs. Children were generally positive about dentist's communication and established BMTs. Children's coping styles may impact perceptions and effectiveness of BMTs and should be explored in future investigations.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 1, 2013
Journal International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry
Print ISSN 0960-7439
Electronic ISSN 0960-7439
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 4
APA6 Citation Davies, E. B., & Buchanan, H. (2013). An exploratory study investigating children's perceptions of dental behavioural management techniques. International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 23(4), doi:10.1111/ipd.12007
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/ipd.12007
Keywords paediatric dentistry, dental anxiety
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ipd.12007/abstract
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: E. Bethan Davies and Heather Buchanan, An exploratory study investigating children's perceptions of dental behavioural management techniques, International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry 2013; 23: 297–309, which has been published in final form at doi: 10.1111/ipd.12007. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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