Children’s dental anxiety has been of great worry for many years and it is still a barrier for dental care. According to recent guidelines for oral health prevention in childhood, additional strategies for a preventive care should be applied for pediatric patients. So it’s important to encourage pediatric dentists to develop a “child-friendly” environment for treating children. Environmental elements that produce positive feelings can reduce anxiety. The analysis of environmental design and features applied in Pediatric Dentistry Unit, Department of Oral and Maxillo-facial sciences, Sapienza University of Rome, highlighted special attention to the aspects supporting sensory conditions (colors, light, spatial organization); reassurance strategies (decorations, dental team attire, drawings); anxiety control strategies (playing area, TV, comics, toys); behavioral management strategies (positive reinforcement, modeling); in-formation (brochures, posters).

Healing environment in pediatric dentistry: strategies adopted by “Sapienza” University of Rome / IERARDO, GAETANO; VOZZA, Iole; LUZZI, Valeria; NARDACCI, GIULIANA; BRUGNOLETTI, Orlando; SFASCIOTTI, Gian Luca; POLIMENI, Antonella. - In: SENSES & SCIENCES. - ISSN 2284-2489. - ELETTRONICO. - 4:1(2017), pp. 338-342.

Healing environment in pediatric dentistry: strategies adopted by “Sapienza” University of Rome

IERARDO, GAETANO
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VOZZA, Iole
Secondo
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LUZZI, Valeria;NARDACCI, GIULIANA;BRUGNOLETTI, Orlando;SFASCIOTTI, Gian Luca
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POLIMENI, Antonella
Ultimo
2017

Abstract

Children’s dental anxiety has been of great worry for many years and it is still a barrier for dental care. According to recent guidelines for oral health prevention in childhood, additional strategies for a preventive care should be applied for pediatric patients. So it’s important to encourage pediatric dentists to develop a “child-friendly” environment for treating children. Environmental elements that produce positive feelings can reduce anxiety. The analysis of environmental design and features applied in Pediatric Dentistry Unit, Department of Oral and Maxillo-facial sciences, Sapienza University of Rome, highlighted special attention to the aspects supporting sensory conditions (colors, light, spatial organization); reassurance strategies (decorations, dental team attire, drawings); anxiety control strategies (playing area, TV, comics, toys); behavioral management strategies (positive reinforcement, modeling); in-formation (brochures, posters).
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