Watching Cartoons Could Help Children Overcome Anxiety of Dental Treatment

A young child’s anxiety and disruptive behavior at the dentist can be reduced if they can watch cartoons during dental treatments. The findings of a new trial indicate that video glasses worn during treatment to provide some distraction can help a great deal in calming the children.

Key takeaways:

  • Children provided with audiovisual distraction during dental treatment are more cooperative and have lower anxiety levels.
  • Even though the children did not report any differences, their pulse rates and blood pressure readings indicated lower anxiety levels.
  • Further research is required to fully understand the usefulness of the audiovisual distraction tools in reducing disruptive behavior and lessening anxiety.

During treatment, the children in the distraction group exhibited significantly less anxiety and showed more cooperation than those in the control group, particularly during the local anaesthetic injection.

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