A new study has emerged stating a sensory environment within a dentist's office may be beneficial for children who have heightened anxiety while getting dental care, especially for those with developmental disabilities.
Dr. Michele Shapiro of the Issie Shapiro Educational Center studied the effects of the sensory environment, which includes sights, sounds and lights, on the anxiety levels of children.
The researchers examined 35 children between the ages of 6 and 11 years. Sixteen of the participants were developmentally disabled.
The study included two different trips to the dentist's office. The first incorporated the traditional elements of a regular checkup, such as the use of an overhead dental lamp.
On the second trip, the researchers modified the office and placed a slow-moving repetitive color lamp and the dental hygienist wore a special LED headlamp directed into the child's mouth. The participants also listened to soothing music and were wrapped in a heavy vest to create a "hugging" effect.
Shapiro found the anxiety levels decreased in all the children when the sensory-adapted environment was used, with the reduction more notable in the children with developmental disabilities.
"This new approach may even replace sedatives and other invasive procedures in the future," Shapiro said.
For more information on discount dental plans, call 1-888-632-5353
© 2009 Brafton Inc.
The materials and articles published on DentalPlans.com are for informational purposes only. Although DentalPlans.com strives to be accurate and complete, the information is provided without liability for errors. DentalPlans.com does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information, text graphics, links, or other items contained on DentalPlans.com.
DentalPlans.com expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions in these materials and DentalPlans.com makes no commitment to update the information on DentalPlans.com.
DentalPlans.com expressly disclaims all liability for the use or interpretation by others of information on DentalPlans.com. Decisions based on information contained on DentalPlans.com are the sole responsibility of the visitors, and visitors agree to hold DentalPlans.com and its Affiliates harmless against any claims for damages arising from decisions visitors make on such information.
Nothing on DentalPlans.com constitutes medical advice or other forms of advice. DentalPlans.com assumes no responsibility for material created or published by third parties linked to DentalPlans.com with or without DentalPlans.com’s knowledge.