Dental anxiety is prevalent among children. It has been found that as many as 19.5% of school age children are afraid of dentists. Treating a child with dental anxiety presents a challenge to the dental clinician. In fact, it has been reported that dentists consider the fearful child to be among the most problematic types of patients.
In general, children tend to do best when their life is predictable. They are more likely to tolerate a procedure when they have been told in advance what to expect. Providing information is particularly important in the case of an anxious child. The clinician should consider describing what he or she will be doing and what sensations the child will experience.
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