The use of behavior management techniques by dentists across practitioner type, age, and geographic region.

C. McKnight-Hanes, D. R. Myers, J. C. Dushku, H. C. Davis

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Abstract

The purpose of this project was to describe the behavior management procedures employed for child dental patients based on practitioner type (general dentist vs. pediatric dentist), age, and geographic location. A survey of practice characteristics, which included questions relating to child behavior management, was mailed once to a national random sample of 3000 dentists--2000 general dentists and 1000 pediatric dentists. The pediatric dentists who responded employed a broader spectrum of management techniques than did the general dentists. Significant regional and practitioner age differences were reported in the use of behavior management techniques. The use of sedation and general anesthesia was reported more frequently in the western regions. Of the five age groups, the 40- to 49-year-old age group reported using the broadest spectrum of behavior management techniques. The survey revealed practitioner type, age, and regional differences in the child behavior management procedures employed by dentists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-271
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric dentistry
Volume15
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 1993

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  • Dentistry(all)

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