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Article: Volume 42 Number 4 Page 373 - May 2015

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  Dent Update 2015; 42: 373-382

Paediatric Dentistry/Behavioural Management:  A Clinical Guide to Needle Desensitization for the Paediatric Patient

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Abstract: Needle phobia is a common problem encountered by dental practitioners and it can pose a challenge, especially in the paediatric patient. Needle desensitization can be used for patients who have needle fear or phobia and help them overcome this by repeated, non-threatening and controlled contacts. This paper will describe an accepted technique of needle desensitization and work through the steps required to achieve a successful outcome of local anaesthesia being delivered in a calm, safe and controlled manner.

Clinical relevance: Needle desensitization is an effective technique which can be used to enable a needle phobic patient to receive a dental injection.

Author notes: Greig D Taylor, BDS(Hons), MFDS RCPS(Glas), CT2, NHS Ayrshire & Arran, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Caroline Campbell, MSc, BDS, MFDS RCPSG, MPaedDent(Ed), FDSPaedDent(Gla), Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Department of Paediatric Dentistry, Glasgow Dental Hospital and School, 378 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JZ, UK.

Objective: To recognize a need for, and understand how to carry out, a structured needle desensitization technique for phobic children and adolescent patients.