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    Watching Cartoons Could Help Children Overcome Anxiety of Dental Treatment

    It is common for children to associate a visit to the dentist with distress. The child’s dental phobia can be overcome by watching cartoons through video glasses during treatment, according to a small clinical trial.

    Key takeaways:

    • Children provided with audiovisual distraction during dental treatment exhibit cooperative behavior and have reduced anxiety levels.
    • The best and most effective dental treatment is only possible for calm and cooperative children.
    • Even though the children did not report any differences, indirect measures of anxiety such pulse rate and blood pressure readings indicated lower anxiety levels.
    • Further research is required to fully understand the usefulness of the audiovisual distraction tools in reducing disruptive behavior and lessening anxiety.

    The authors conclude that audiovisual distraction seems to be a useful technique to calm children and ensure that they can be given the dental treatment they need.

    Read the full story here

    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/312199.php

    Dr Nicholas Riley BDS 1996, MJDF 2012

    Nik qualified from Cardiff Dental School in 1996. He has always had a keen interest in clinical excellence, and further education. He recently gained his MJDF qualifications Nik dedicates much of his time to attending many world renowned courses in restorative, aesthetic and implant dentistry, so he can ensure that patients benefit from the most up to date solutions.

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