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‘I Would Rather Be Having My Leg Cut off Than a Little Needle’: A Supplementary Qualitative Analysis of Dentally Anxious Children’s Experiences of Needle Fear

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Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Sheffield S10 2SZ, UK
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School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TA, UK
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Mental Health Research Unit, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S1 4DA, UK
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Dent. J. 2020, 8(2), 50; https://doi.org/10.3390/dj8020050
Received: 5 February 2020 / Revised: 20 April 2020 / Accepted: 11 May 2020 / Published: 13 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Psychosocial Impacts of Dental Conditions in Childhood, Volume Ⅱ)
Fear of needles is common in childhood, with up to 50% being affected to some degree. In individuals who are dentally anxious, the prevalence may be as high as 91%. Fear of needles, and therefore intra-oral injections can have negative impacts on children’s quality of life and healthcare experiences, including a requirement for pharmacological methods to facilitate dental treatment. The aim of this study is to identify whether dentally anxious children report fear of injections and explore how these children experience a fear of needles in a dental setting. A supplementary analysis of interviews collected as part of two previous studies relating to children with dental anxiety. Five main themes were identified: feelings about needles; the nature of needle fear; the context of the fear, its consequences and how children tried to control the process. Children showed a desire to have control of their healthcare interventions, and wanted to trust the healthcare professionals giving the injections. There is evidence that children with dental anxiety also experience fear of needles, including intra-oral injections. Further primary qualitative research is needed to explore this topic in more depth and to design appropriate child centred interventions to reduce needle fear. View Full-Text
Keywords: needle fear; quality of life; dental anxiety; children; supplementary analysis needle fear; quality of life; dental anxiety; children; supplementary analysis
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Noble, F.; Kettle, J.; Hulin, J.; Morgan, A.; Rodd, H.; Marshman, Z. ‘I Would Rather Be Having My Leg Cut off Than a Little Needle’: A Supplementary Qualitative Analysis of Dentally Anxious Children’s Experiences of Needle Fear. Dent. J. 2020, 8, 50. https://doi.org/10.3390/dj8020050

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Noble F, Kettle J, Hulin J, Morgan A, Rodd H, Marshman Z. ‘I Would Rather Be Having My Leg Cut off Than a Little Needle’: A Supplementary Qualitative Analysis of Dentally Anxious Children’s Experiences of Needle Fear. Dentistry Journal. 2020; 8(2):50. https://doi.org/10.3390/dj8020050

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Noble, Fiona; Kettle, Jennifer; Hulin, Joe; Morgan, Annie; Rodd, Helen; Marshman, Zoe. 2020. "‘I Would Rather Be Having My Leg Cut off Than a Little Needle’: A Supplementary Qualitative Analysis of Dentally Anxious Children’s Experiences of Needle Fear" Dent. J. 8, no. 2: 50. https://doi.org/10.3390/dj8020050

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