Volume : 4
Issue : 2
Online ISSN : 2393-9834
Print ISSN : 2320-7302
Article First Page : 178
Article End Page : 182
Aim: This study aims at evaluating the relative efficacy of the Tell-Show-Do and Live Modeling techniques on suburban Indian children during dental treatment based on the heart rate values.
Materials & Methods: Children aged between 5 to 11 years were randomly divided into three groups as: GROUP A: Children who were presented with the Tell-Show-Do technique to undergo dental treatment. GROUP B: Children who were presented with Live Modeling technique, with mother as a live model. GROUP C: Children who were presented with Live Modeling technique, with father as the live model. A digital fingertip pulse oximeter was attached to the index finger of child’s left hand, in order to record heart rate values at a 30-second interval over a total of 11 data points.
Results: Forty five of the forty six participants completed the entire protocol and participated in the study in three equal groups. Average heart rate over the entire treatment session was significantly lower among children in group B than among those in group A and group C at p<0.01.
Conclusion: Live Modeling is a tangible technique in clinical pediatric dentistry as is supported by findings in other relevant fields also. Additionally, application of technique would require necessary skills, organized approach and innovation.
Keywords: Behavior Management Techniques, Pulse Oximetry, Heart Rate