Dental Anxiety in Children

Oral Health Case Reports

ISSN: 2471-8726

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Commentary - (2022) Volume 8, Issue 1

Dental Anxiety in Children

Oliver Lee Green*
*Correspondence: Oliver Lee Green, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Albany Medical College, New York, USA, Email:
Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Albany Medical College, New York, USA

Date of Submission: 19-Jan-2022, Manuscript No. OHCR-22-55432; Editor assigned: 21-Jan-2022, Pre QC No. P-55432; Reviewed: 27-Jan-2022, QC No. Q-55432; Revised: 03-Feb-2022, Manuscript No. R-55432; Published: 08-Jan-2022 , DOI: 10.4172/2471-8726.22.13.44
Citation: Green, Oliver Lee. "Dental Anxiety in Children." Oral Heath Case Rep 8 (2022): 43.
Copyright: © 2022 Green OL. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Children's dental anxiety has been a subject of concern for many years, but the cause remains unknown. The three-pathway theory is a great place to start when looking at a child's dental anxiety development. Children might develop a fearful response either directly or indirectly. The bulk of studies on kid dental phobia have focused on the conditioning process. On the other hand, the modelling and informative pathways have not fared as well.

The literature on these problems appears to be lacking in clarity, and there has been a tendency to disregard them experimentally. Adults with dental phobia who attribute their fear to conditioning experiences have tended to back the conditioning theory. Children's studies, on the other hand, have yielded a more varied bag of results.

The differences in adult and kid endings might be explained by the varied techniques to conditioning research used. Researchers have attempted to quantitatively assess children's conditioning by using treatment records or pathological indices. Subjective descriptions of earlier 'traumatic' dental experiences, on the other hand, are frequently used to investigate adult conditioning.

About the Study

A number of studies have discovered a strong link between maternal worry and anxious behaviour in kids. These observations have been interpreted as supporting modelling. Modeling, on the other hand, includes learning via direct observation of behaviour, and in these tests, direct monitoring of maternal concern at the dentist's office was not feasible since the children were separated from their mothers throughout their dental treatment. The idea that modelling may be proved by comparing self-reported dental fear in children and parents has also been questioned.

The impact of modelling may be better understood after mother behaviour has been researched in the dentist's office. By asking children if they had heard or seen anything 'frightening,' the information pathway to fear was investigated. The study did not address dental phobia, which is a frequent fear among children that originates from frightening information.

Although the informative pathway has been identified in dental fear studies, it has not been tested experimentally. The only exception is that kids who knew a lot of dental phobics had high levels of dental dread. The proportionate contributions of the other two routes were not taken into account in this analysis, therefore their contributions are still unclear. Dispositional factors may heighten a child's sensitivity to fear acquisition.

It's possible that this proclivity is linked to fundamental biological differences. Because females are more socially acceptable when they are afraid, gender differences may simply reject a response bias. Regrettably, present research has only looked at children's self-reported levels of dental anxiety. It would be beneficial to do research that covers both self-reported and objective anxiety ratings [1-5].


Finally, research into the reasons of dental anxiety in youngsters has found a number of aetiological factors. However, further study is needed in which all of these factors are considered at the same time, and dental anxiety is assessed by the examining dentist who is ultimately responsible for treating the child's anxious behaviour. The goal of this research was to solve these issues.


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