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Behavior of Children during Dental Care with Rubber Dam Isolation: A Randomized Controlled Study

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Department of Paediatric Dentistry, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 1070 Brussels, Belgium
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Oral Health Research Group, Faculty of Medecine and Pharmacy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 1070 Brussels, Belgium
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Department of Endodontics, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 1070 Brussels, Belgium
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Academic Editor: Kristina Gorseta
Dent. J. 2021, 9(8), 89; https://doi.org/10.3390/dj9080089
Received: 20 June 2021 / Revised: 18 July 2021 / Accepted: 27 July 2021 / Published: 4 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Oral Health Care in Paediatric Dentistry)
Background: The establishment of the dental dam improves dentist working conditions and patient protection. The purpose of this study was to analyze the behavior of the child during dental care with or without a dam. Methods: In this interventional randomized study, 51 patients are divided into two groups, one with a rubber dam and the other with cotton roll isolation. Their behavior was observed during the treatment of temporary molars. The duration of the treatment, the patient’s feeling with a visual analogue scale (VAS), the behavior (B) of the child measured with a hetero-evaluation scale (modified Venham scale) and the cardiac frequency (CF) were measured. Results: The group treated with a rubber dam has a significant decrease in the various stress parameters that have been identified (B, p value = 0.034; CF, p value = 0.015). Subgroups of patients with and without nitrous oxide sedation were compared and similar results were obtained. Conclusions: Isolation with a rubber dam reduces child’s stress during dental care. Although it is slightly more time-consuming and training is necessary for a quick and effective placement, it allows dentists to perform dental care in the best possible conditions, while reducing dental anxiety in young patients. View Full-Text
Keywords: behavior; rubber dam; pediatric dentistry behavior; rubber dam; pediatric dentistry
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Vanhée, T.; Tassignon, C.; Porta, P.; Bottenberg, P.; Charles, T.; Vanden Abbeele, A. Behavior of Children during Dental Care with Rubber Dam Isolation: A Randomized Controlled Study. Dent. J. 2021, 9, 89. https://doi.org/10.3390/dj9080089

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Vanhée T, Tassignon C, Porta P, Bottenberg P, Charles T, Vanden Abbeele A. Behavior of Children during Dental Care with Rubber Dam Isolation: A Randomized Controlled Study. Dentistry Journal. 2021; 9(8):89. https://doi.org/10.3390/dj9080089

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Vanhée, Tania, Chloé Tassignon, Pierre Porta, Peter Bottenberg, Thierry Charles, and Astrid Vanden Abbeele. 2021. "Behavior of Children during Dental Care with Rubber Dam Isolation: A Randomized Controlled Study" Dentistry Journal 9, no. 8: 89. https://doi.org/10.3390/dj9080089

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