Eye Movement Distraction: A New Distraction Technique for Management of Dental Anxiety during Intraoral Local Anesthesia Administration in Children

JOURNAL TITLE: International Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry

Author
1. Sunny P Tirupathi
2. Sivakumar Nuvvula
3. Nirmala Krishna
4. Srinitya Rajasekhar
ISSN
0974-7052
DOI
10.5005/jp-journals-10005-1690
Volume
12
Issue
6
Publishing Year
2019
Pages
2
Author Affiliations
1. com.mps.common.model.Contributor@558981a9 ,
2. com.mps.common.model.Contributor@66d0fe03 ,
3. com.mps.common.model.Contributor@1f427199 ,
4. com.mps.common.model.Contributor@341ada3d
Article keywords
Anxiety control, Behavior management, Distraction, Local anesthesia

Abstract

Background: To evaluate the efficacy of eye movement distraction (EMD) in reducing anxiety during intraoral local anesthetic administration in needle-phobic children. Materials and methods: A total of 228 children aged 8–13 years were divided into two groups: group I (EMD) and group II (control), and subjective feelings of each child were recorded with a faces pain scale-revised (FPS-R) score. Both the groups (I and II) were compared using the Chi-square test. Results: Children in the EMD group showed low FPS-R scores, which is statistically significant when compared to the control group (p < 0.0001). Conclusion: Eye movement distraction can be used as an effective distraction modality to reduce anxiety during local anesthesia administration in needle-phobic children.

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