Child-Centred child management in a changing world

  • P. Weinstein


Background: There is a need to “re-think” child management, as the completion of a procedure is not the only dental goal. Short versus long-term goals and the behavioural and pharmacologic repertoire will influence outcomes. Review: A child-centred approach is described, with a specific protocol for the dental waiting room. The changing attitudes of society need to be taken into account in the use of behaviour management techniques by paediatric dentists. Conclusion: The goal of managing children in the dental environment requires some thought: the welfare of the child depends on attention by a clinician to long term goals. The contemporary child centred clinician has a wide range of child management skills. It is not optional for the clinician to develop his/her behavioural expertise to a high level; clinician skills have long-term consequences. These days behaviour management begins in the waiting room where initial contact provides the opportunity to shape subsequent behaviours.

Key words

child management behaviour fear 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Weinstein
    • 1
  1. 1.Dental Public Health Sciences, Depts of Pediatric Dentistry and PsychologyUniversity of Washington, SeattleWashingtonUSA

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