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Dentists' use of behavioural management techniques and their attitudes towards treating paediatric patients with dental anxiety.
Eur Arch Paediatr Dent. 2015 Aug; 16(4):349-55.EA

Abstract

PURPOSE

The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between dentists' education in treatment of dental anxiety (DA), dentists' attitudes towards patients with DA and dentists' use of BMT.

METHODS

An anonymous questionnaire was sent electronically to 611 dentists in the Public Dental Service in Norway. Statistical evaluation was done using cross tabulation with Chi square and logistic regression analyses.

RESULTS

The response rate was 65 % (n = 391). About half of the respondents (53 %, n = 208) had followed postgraduate courses in treating patients with DA. The following were the most common attitudes towards treating young patients with DA: it feels like making a contribution (72 %, n = 286), it is difficult or tiresome (54 %, n = 215) and it is a positive challenge (51 %, n = 203). Dentists who had taken postgraduate courses in DA more often reported anxious patients as a positive challenge (60 vs. 42 %, p < 0.001) and were less reluctant to treat these patients (5 vs. 15 %, p = 0.002). The most frequently used BMT was tell-show-do (87 %, n = 340), followed by relaxation (35 %, n = 132), distraction (25 %, n = 94), systematic cognitive behaviour therapy (22 %, n = 84) and conscious sedation (18 %, n = 69). Dentists without postgraduate courses in DA used fewer techniques when treating these patients (OR 2.1, 95 % CI 1.3-3.3, p = 0.001) compared with dentists who had taken these courses.

CONCLUSION

Country of graduation and postgraduate courses in DA had a strong relationship with dentists' use of BMT and dentists' attitudes towards young patients with DA.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Paediatric Dentistry and Behavioural Science, Institute of Clinical Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Oslo, P.O.Box 1109, Blindern, 0317, Oslo, Norway, kjetil.strom@odont.uio.no.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

25753025

Citation

Strøm, Kjetil, et al. "Dentists' Use of Behavioural Management Techniques and Their Attitudes Towards Treating Paediatric Patients With Dental Anxiety." European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry : Official Journal of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry, vol. 16, no. 4, 2015, pp. 349-55.
Strøm K, Rønneberg A, Skaare AB, et al. Dentists' use of behavioural management techniques and their attitudes towards treating paediatric patients with dental anxiety. Eur Arch Paediatr Dent. 2015;16(4):349-55.
Strøm, K., Rønneberg, A., Skaare, A. B., Espelid, I., & Willumsen, T. (2015). Dentists' use of behavioural management techniques and their attitudes towards treating paediatric patients with dental anxiety. European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry : Official Journal of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry, 16(4), 349-55. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40368-014-0169-1
Strøm K, et al. Dentists' Use of Behavioural Management Techniques and Their Attitudes Towards Treating Paediatric Patients With Dental Anxiety. Eur Arch Paediatr Dent. 2015;16(4):349-55. PubMed PMID: 25753025.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Dentists' use of behavioural management techniques and their attitudes towards treating paediatric patients with dental anxiety. AU - Strøm,Kjetil, AU - Rønneberg,Anne, AU - Skaare,Anne B, AU - Espelid,Ivar, AU - Willumsen,Tiril, Y1 - 2015/03/10/ PY - 2014/10/17/received PY - 2014/12/16/accepted PY - 2015/3/11/entrez PY - 2015/3/11/pubmed PY - 2016/1/15/medline SP - 349 EP - 55 JF - European archives of paediatric dentistry : official journal of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry JO - Eur Arch Paediatr Dent VL - 16 IS - 4 N2 - PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between dentists' education in treatment of dental anxiety (DA), dentists' attitudes towards patients with DA and dentists' use of BMT. METHODS: An anonymous questionnaire was sent electronically to 611 dentists in the Public Dental Service in Norway. Statistical evaluation was done using cross tabulation with Chi square and logistic regression analyses. RESULTS: The response rate was 65 % (n = 391). About half of the respondents (53 %, n = 208) had followed postgraduate courses in treating patients with DA. The following were the most common attitudes towards treating young patients with DA: it feels like making a contribution (72 %, n = 286), it is difficult or tiresome (54 %, n = 215) and it is a positive challenge (51 %, n = 203). Dentists who had taken postgraduate courses in DA more often reported anxious patients as a positive challenge (60 vs. 42 %, p < 0.001) and were less reluctant to treat these patients (5 vs. 15 %, p = 0.002). The most frequently used BMT was tell-show-do (87 %, n = 340), followed by relaxation (35 %, n = 132), distraction (25 %, n = 94), systematic cognitive behaviour therapy (22 %, n = 84) and conscious sedation (18 %, n = 69). Dentists without postgraduate courses in DA used fewer techniques when treating these patients (OR 2.1, 95 % CI 1.3-3.3, p = 0.001) compared with dentists who had taken these courses. CONCLUSION: Country of graduation and postgraduate courses in DA had a strong relationship with dentists' use of BMT and dentists' attitudes towards young patients with DA. SN - 1818-6300 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/25753025/Dentists'_use_of_behavioural_management_techniques_and_their_attitudes_towards_treating_paediatric_patients_with_dental_anxiety_ L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40368-014-0169-1 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -