Multi-sensory integration for strategic behavior guidance in pediatric dentistry: A narrative review

Anshula Deshpande1image, Pooja Bane2image, Sivakumar Nuvvula3image


This phenomenon can be used in clinical practice to create a novel communication medium between the clinician and the child.

A sensory-adapted dental environment (SDE) may be suitable for reducing dental anxiety & maladaptive behaviors, thus facilitating a calming effect in the dental clinic among children.

This approach to behavior guidance can be used to the child’s advantage and to support the clinician in best managing the patient.


Dental procedures, especially invasive ones, can elicit fear and anxiety. Young children are especially prone to dental anxiety as they lack the necessary coping skills. Under such circumstances, communication management and the proper use of commands are universally considered beneficial. In this narrative review, we present a compendium of communication strategies by engaging multi-modal sense of a child in a dental operatory. Incorporatingthe visual, auditory, read &/write & kinesthetic-tactile (VARK) models in behavior guidance during dental treatment can ensure that the child has a positive dental experience. Further amplification of this model is done by incorporating it into a multi-sensory adapted dental environment. The sensory-adapted milieu can create a positive psychological impact

Keywords: Behavior Guidance; Child Behavior; Communication; Dental Anxiety; Multisensory; Psychological Adaptation

Author Affiliations

  1. Professor, Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, K.M. Shah Dental College and Hospital, India ( Correspondence: )
  2. Post-graduate student, Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, K.M. Shah Dental College and Hospital, India
  3. Professor and Head, Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Narayana Dental College and Hospital, India
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Article Info

Contemp Pediatr Dent 2023:3(2):41-51

Received: 08 July 2022

Accepted: 28 August 2022

Online First: 30 August 2022


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					Anshula Deshpande, Pooja Bane, Sivakumar Nuvvula. Multi-sensory integration for strategic behavior guidance in pediatric dentistry: A narrative review. Contemp Pediatr Dent 2022:3(2):41-51.

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