- Authors: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
- Title: Clinical Guideline on Behavior Management.
- Journal: Ped Dent
- Date: Jan 2004
- Citation: Reference Manual 2004 - 2005: 89 - 94
- Category: Pediatric Endodontics
- Evidence-based Ranking: 5
- Purpose/Objectives: The document contains definitions, objectives, indications and contraindications for behavior management techniques which are deemed useful in pediatric dentistry.
Informed Consent: the dentist should inform the legal guardian about the nature of the technique to be used, its risks, benefits, and any alternative techniques. BM is a clinical art form and skill built on a foundation of science. Goals - establish communication, alleviate fear and anxiety, deliver quality dental care, build a trusting relationship between dentist and child, and promote the childs positive attitude towards dental health.
Basic Behavior Management: techniques discussed include - Voice control, Nonverbal communication, Tell-show-do, Positive reinforcement, Distraction, Parental presence/absence, Nitrous oxide.
Advanced Behavior Management: when the basic fail - HOME (hand-over-mouth exercise), medical immobilization, sedation, and general anesthesia
Reviewers Comments: Good information regarding pediatric BMs