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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 46-51

Knowledge, attitude, and awareness in parents on the use of physical restraints during children's dental treatment

1 Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, STES's Sinhgad Dental College and Hospital, Pune, India
2 Department of Dental, Shyam Shah Medical College, Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Raju Umaji Patil
Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, STES's Sinhgad Dental College and Hospital, S. No. 44/1, Vadgaon Bk, Off Sinhgad Road, Pune - 411 041, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijpr.ijpr_16_21

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Aim: The aim of the study was to assess knowledge, attitude, and awareness of parents on the use of physical restraints (PRs) for their children during dental treatment. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted among more than 100 parents residing in an urban city, whose children were aged between 4 and 10 years. Data were collected using an interview-administered questionnaire that included open- and closed-ended questions. Results: Majority of the parents (61%) encouraged the use of PRs, although maximum number of parents (97%) favored the use of tell-show-do technique over hand-over-mouth exercise. There is good awareness among the parents about bite block (52%) as a PR, whereas the least awareness about papoose board (15%), with the majority preferring holding the child themselves during dental treatment (58%). Conclusion: Majority of parents, regardless of their educational status, favors PRs as a behavior management modality, rather than conscious sedation and general anesthesia.

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