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Dentists' behavior in response to child dental fear.
ASDC J Dent Child. 1999 Jan-Feb; 66(1):36-40, 12.AJ

Abstract

Dental fear is a multifactorial problem frequently encountered during dental treatment of children. Studies have indicated that, among others, the behavior of the dentist may play a part in the development of this dental fear. The present study was undertaken to examine the behavioral aspects of the dentist-patient relationship, and specific dentists' behavior that can reduce dental fear. The behavior of forty children referred to a center for special dental care and of two dentists was assessed during treatment. T-test results showed that the children's level of fear decreased after treatment (mean 3.2 vs. 2.1, t = -5.6, p = .000). In addition, it was found that the dentists behaved more directly and authoritatively during the treatment of highly fearful children than during the treatment of relatively less fearful children (p < or = .034). It seems that this direct approach had a positive, long-term effect on these children's fearful behavior during treatment.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Cariology, Endodontology, Pedodontology, Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam, The Netherlands.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

10360202

Citation

ten Berge, M, et al. "Dentists' Behavior in Response to Child Dental Fear." ASDC Journal of Dentistry for Children, vol. 66, no. 1, 1999, pp. 36-40, 12.
ten Berge M, Veerkamp J, Hoogstraten J. Dentists' behavior in response to child dental fear. ASDC J Dent Child. 1999;66(1):36-40, 12.
ten Berge, M., Veerkamp, J., & Hoogstraten, J. (1999). Dentists' behavior in response to child dental fear. ASDC Journal of Dentistry for Children, 66(1), 36-40, 12.
ten Berge M, Veerkamp J, Hoogstraten J. Dentists' Behavior in Response to Child Dental Fear. ASDC J Dent Child. 1999 Jan-Feb;66(1):36-40, 12. PubMed PMID: 10360202.
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