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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 67-71

Parental acceptance of the advanced behavior management techniques in pediatric dentistry: A comparative study in North Indian population

1 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Post Graduate Institute of Dental Sciences, Rohtak, Haryana, India
2 Endodontist, Dental Comfort, Yamuna Nagar, Haryana, India

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Dr. Ayushi Jindal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijohs.ijohs_30_17

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Introduction: An integral aspect of pediatric dental care is to initially provide parents with the information of behavior management techniques (BMTs) and a mechanism by which parents can participate in treatment decisions of their child. The present study aims to assess the parental acceptance of the advanced BMTs in North Indian population and its association with several possible factors. Materials and Methods: A study sample of 200 parents accompanying their children aged 3–9 years who were demonstrating Frankl's 1 and 2 behavior and could not be managed by basic BMTs were randomly selected. The parents were verbally explained, and then, a video was demonstrated about the two included techniques – protective stabilization (PS) and sedation/general anesthesia; and subsequently asked to mention their preference between the two techniques in the questionnaire. Results: The parents of children in the age group of 3–6 years were more accepting to PS than sedation/general anesthesia as the preferred BMT with a statistically significant difference (P < 0.01). About 90% of the rural parents preferred PS oversedation (P < 0.001). Other variables such as gender, birth order, and general behavior of the child at home, educational and professional status of the parents were found to statistically insignificant. Conclusion: Parents of younger children (3–6 years) and those belonging to rural areas showed more acceptance for PS oversedation/general anesthesia. It is hoped that the data presented here will be valuable to the dentist for planning treatment and allow its completion effectively and efficiently.

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