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The ultimate goals of behavior management for children receiving dental treatment are to achieve optimum oral health, instill a positive attitude in children and their parents regarding oral health, instill confidence in children regarding their ability to undergo dental treatment successfully and complete treatment in a safe and expeditious manner with the least invasive technique possible. These goals can only be achieved by using methods of behavior management that encourage positive communication and reduce anxiety for the patient, parent, and staff while educating children and parents about the importance of oral health. All behavior management techniques must consider the risks and benefits to the child, his or her parents, as well as the dental staff.