Aim: To evaluate the
differences in child behavioural management techniques between male and female
pediatric dentists in India.
Materials and Method: All
80 participants( 40 male; 40 female) received a questionnaire which sought
information regarding age, sex, aversive and non-aversive management
techniques, use of general anaesthesia and feeling towards an uncooperative
child in a dental chair.
Results: . Regarding
practice of non-aversive techniques, majority of the dentists both male and
female used tell-show-do, and gave presents at the end of each dental
appointment. Hypnosis was the least used non-aversive behavioral management technique.
board management technique was commonly used among male dentists than among
female dentists. Most dentists reported of not having parents inside the dental
office during the treatment and if there was restraint, the assistant’s help
was taken. Hand-over-mouth exercise was used by most the of female and male
dentists. A considerable number of male
dentists reported that they suggest general anesthesia immediately if the child
is uncooperative whereas only a few of female dentists reported to suggest
general anesthesia commonly of the child is uncooperative. There was no significant
difference between the number of male and female dentists who reported to feel
more comfortable while practising aversive management techniques. Only few
dentists tried their best to use non-aversive technique. More than three-fourth
of the dentists reported to feel aggression while the child was uncooperative.
Conclusion: There is no statistical difference between male and female dentists
while using child management. This study concludes that there is equal
potential for both the genders in this field.
the dental specialities, it is acknowledged that pediatric dentistry has the
most astounding portrayal of females contrasted with other propelled dental
zones and predoctoral programs1-2. More noteworthy female portrayal in
pediatric dentistry has been ascribed to a conventional perspective that
treating a child requires qualities, for example, delicacy and sympathy, or
minding,tenderness, care, patience and affection that ladies may have more than
on contrasts among male and female dental practitioners regarding the
utilisation of management techniques has been published very rarely. An
Australian study of procedures utilised by dental practitioners to oversee
children with behavioural issues revealed that female dental practitioners were
less likely to utlilise aversive strategies4-5.
essential to think about the conceivable contrasts in the way female and male
pediatric dental practitioners in India especially in a speciality where there
is equal potential rise to open doors for ladies and men exist. The utilization
of management techniques may affect diversely on dental care benefit. Hence
this study aims to evaluate the difference In child management techniques
between male and female paediatric dentists.
Materials and methods-
80 participants(female-40; male-40) received a
questionnaire which asked questions regarding age, gender, behavioral methods
practiced to treat children tell-show-do technique, model demonstration, presents/gifts, hypnosis, papoos board
management technique, hand-over-mouth exercise, voice control exercise, need of
parents presence during treatment; attitude of dentists towards management of
child using general anesthesia, and the dentist’s feeling towards an
uncooperative pediatric patient.
questions were designed by the author and included possible variations that
seemed likely to yield information of relevance to the study aims. Data was
statistically analysed using Chi-square test in SPSS online software Version20 and
the level of significance was set at p
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