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Article: Volume 44 Number 1 Page 45 - January 2017

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  Dent Update 2017; 44: 45-51

Paediatric dentistry:  Could Video Glasses Contribute to Behaviour Management in the 21st Century?

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Abstract: Dental fear in the paediatric population can be a significant barrier to providing optimal dental care. Pharmacological management techniques utilized to manage anxiety, such as conscious sedation and general anaesthesia, are expensive and require specialized equipment with additional staff training. With recent advances in technology, video glasses are an economic and novel distraction technique that may aid in improving behaviour management and facilitate dental treatment.

Clinical relevance: Nervous children may find difficulty in accessing care owing to their inability to co-operate and accept dental treatment. This paper describes an innovative technique that may aid the clinician in overcoming this barrier.

Author notes: Abdullah Casaus, BDS, MJDF RCS(Eng), Academic Clinical Fellow in Paediatric Dentistry, Department of Paediatric Dentistry (a.casaus@nhs.net), Biraj Patel, BDS, Dental Core Trainee 2 in Restorative Dentistry, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Laura Brown, BDS, MFDS RCS(Eng), MPaed Dent RCS(Edin), FDS(PaedDent) RCS(Eng), Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry, Department of Paediatric Dentistry, King's College Hospital and Kristian Coomaraswamy, BDS, PhD, MFDS RCS(Eng), MPaed Dent RCS(Eng), FDS(PaedDent) RCS(Eng), AHEA, Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, 5 Mill Pool Way, Birmingham B5 7EG, UK.

Objective: To provide an overview of current behaviour management techniques available and highlight video glasses as a novel and possibly cost-effective treatment modality in tackling dental anxiety.