What Are The Four Behaviour Management Techniques Available?

Pediatric Behaviour Management Techniques

Taking a child to the dentist can be a challenge for many parents. Perhaps your child is particularly fearful of the dentist or is unable to sit down for long. Maybe your child has certain health conditions. In some cases, behaviour can compromise clinical outcomes. Pediatric dentists, however, are trained in behaviour management techniques to ensure that your child’s dental visit is positive, safe and effective.

  • Awake
    Depending upon your child’s age and level of anxiety, your child’s dentist may decide that your child will remain awake during his or her dental procedure. In this case, the pediatric dentist may rely on a combination of behaviour management techniques, from tell-show-do, positive reinforcement and parental presence tp stabilization and distraction, to name a few. These behaviour techniques will typically require multiple appointments if different dental treatments are needed.
  • Conscious Sedation
    Conscious sedation slightly relaxes your child; it does not put him or her to sleep. For example, your child is still capable of talking. Movement is also expected. Conscious sedation is achieved through nitrous oxide (laughing gas), drinks/pills or a combination of both. Overall, success rates for conscious sedation range from 54 to 73%; however, success depends on the child’s age, type of dental treatment and so on. Just like the behaviour technique above, multiple appointments are required if multiple dental treatments are needed.
  • Deep Sedation
    A pediatric dentist will rely on deep sedation for children undergoing restorative dental work. Deep sedation means that your child will be asleep during his or her dental procedure. Deep sedation is achieved by administering doses of medication through an IV. The medication is effective for 3 to 5 minutes and then is delivered again. First, however, an IV must be inserted. This can be challenging when children are awake, so dentists typically sedate children with an anaesthetic vapour while they watch a movie in advance of the IV. Given that deep sedation is predictable, usually only one appointment is required in order to complete the dental procedure.
  • General Anaesthesia
    General anaesthesia is the type of sedation that is offered in hospitals. It involves using anaesthetic vapours, which are delivered through an endotracheal (breathing) tube. Just like deep sedation, a child will be sedated with an anaesthetic vapour prior to the placement of the IV.

Smile Town is a pediatric dental clinic specifically designed for children. Our pediatric dentists will make your child’s dentist appointment positive and fun. Smile Town also has a autism program. To schedule an appointment or for more information, contact us here.