Assessment of communication words during dental treatment requiring with and without local anaesthesia between child and pediatric dentist

Shital Kiran Davangere Padmanabh1Orcid, Para Dave2Orcid


Regardless of local anaesthesia, communication played a vital role between pediatric dentist and child in the behaviour management during dental procedures.
Treatment with local anaesthesia and no local anaesthesia, the words answered by the child were “na”, “hmm”, “hurt”, and “ha”, “aaa”, “ok” respectively.
Pediatric dentist needs to talk more often as possible in a directive to carry out successful behaviour managament regardless of the age of the child.


Aim: To evaluate the widely used words by children and pediatric dentist during different dental procedures that involves treatment under local anaesthesia (LA) and without LA. Methods: 40 children aged between 6-12years were divided in to 2 groups, Group; I treated under local anaesthesia and Group II without anaesthesia. Each group comprising of 20 subjects (male- 10) (female -10) were recruited from the Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry. The procedure was randomized only in one appointment by collecting the data conducted by recording the conversations between the child and dentist from the time the child walks in the dental operator until the session got over. The conversation was taped, transcribed and analyzed linguistically and statistically using chi-square test. Results: A total of 50 words were used with a minimum of 15 words in a session. There were no significant difference were found in words spoken by the child and the practitioner regarding gender, session, and duration of being acquainted with (p>0.05). Regarding age groups, (4–7-year-old) significantly used fewer words than the schoolers (6–12-year-old) (p<0.05). Conclusions: This study proved that the most commonly used words by the practitioner in treatment under LA and without LA were “syringe”, “pain” and “to identify” and “stop”, “open your mouth”, and “to identify” respectively.

Keywords: Child; Dentist; Communication; Verbal Behavior

Author Affiliations

  1. Professor, Dept. of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, College of Dental Sciences
    At. Amargardh, Tal. Sihor, Dist Bhavnagar Gujarat -364210 (✉ Correspondence:
  2. Post Graduate Student, Dept. of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, College of Dental Sciences, At. Amargardh, Tal. Sihor, Dist Bhavnagar, Gujarat -364210
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Article Info

Contemp Pediatr Dent 2021:2(1):14-20

Received: 06 February 2021

Accepted: 26 April 2021

Online First: 27 April 2021


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					Shital Kiran Davangere Padmanabh, and Para Dave. Assessment of communication words during dental treatment requiring with and without local anesthesia between child and pediatric dentist. Contemp Pediatr Dent 2021:2(1):14-20

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