Behavior management in Pediatric Dentistry during and after Corona pandemic


Contemp Pediatr Dent 2020:1(1):13-21

Behavior management in Pediatric Dentistry during and after Corona pandemic

OrcidSonu Acharya1


1. Professor at Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Institute of Dental sciences, SOA(Deemed to be University), Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India-751003 ( Correspondence:


The current paper mainly focuses on how the things have changed and what are the specific changes that we can incorporate in our clinics so that we can make it less fearful to the children in present scenario.

The present pandemic situation has brought about significant changes within the dental clinics and their environment. Each and everything had undergone transformation that has become a “new normal”.

Pediatric dentists must adopt all the required behavior management skills and be cautious about the whole procedure.


Children are not miniature adults. They should be treated as different entity and not just as adults who are shortened. Children have their own apprehensions and fear. The most commonly encountered is the fear of the unknown. Fear is something which is innate and inborn. Fear of dentistry is there in every individual, whether young or old. This is mostly subjective in nature. Children show exaggerated fear for dentistry as this is something new to them. The pediatric dentists are trained in behavior management for reducing fear. There have been many methods, both pharmacological and non-pharmacological for behavior management in children. The pediatric dentists were able to apply one or the other behavior management techniques till now. Sudden appearance of a pandemic caused by nCOV-2 (coronavirus) changed everything. The change in practice pattern is bound to effect all the dental patients, more so the children. Here we will discuss how the behavior management techniques will change for children and how we can get some newer methods to reduce the fear.

Keywords: Behavior Management; Coronavirus; COVID-19; Pediatric Dentistry

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