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CES Odontología

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CORDERO, Nicolás; CARDENAS, Juan Manuel  and  ALVAREZ, Luis Gonzalo. Parental acceptance of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic behavior management techniques in pediatric dentistry. CES odontol. [online]. 2012, vol.25, n.2, pp.24-32. ISSN 0120-971X.

Introduction and objective The constant changes in the socio-cultural and ethical-legal conditions required to continually evaluate the techniques of behavior management of pediatric patients in dental treatment. Identify the acceptance of parents towards behavior management techniques used routinely in pediatric dentistry in a Colombian population. Material and Methods A cross-sectional descriptive study was carried out in which 129 parents of children between ages 3 and 15 evaluated a video which presented different behavior management techniques and completed a Questionnaire specifically designed for this study. Techniques evaluated include tell-show-do, positive reinforcement, contingent distraction, active inmobilization, passive inmobilization (papoose board), nitrous oxide sedation and general anesthesia. Results Communicative techniques such as tell-show-do, positive reinforcement, modeling and contingent distraction were significantly more accepted when compared with pharmacological techniques and restrictive techniques were the least accepted. Conclusions There is great rejection of parents to the traditional use of restrictive techniques and social trends require the dentist to use more communication techniques to manage the behavior of patients.

Keywords : Behavior Management; Pediatric Dentistry; Nitrous oxide sedation; General Anesthesia.

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