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.
- 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.
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