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Temperament and acceptance of dental treatment under sedation in preschool children

  • B Jensen
  • Karin Stjernqvist
Publiceringsår: 2002
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 231-236
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica
Volym: 60
Nummer: 4
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Taylor & Francis


The major aim of the study was to investigate whether differences concerning acceptance of dental treatment and amnesia after rectal sedation with midazolam can be explained by temperament traits in the child. Fifty children (1.5- 4.0 years), consecutively referred for dental extractions because of dental trauma or caries, were sedated with midazolam 0.3 mg kg(1) rectally. Level of sedation (state of mind) was assessed according to Wilton before and 10 min after administration of the sedative. The children's acceptance of procedures during the oral examination, the administration of the sedative, and the dental treatment were assessed according to Holst. Acceptance of an injection of local anesthesia and tooth extraction was dichotomized as satisfactory (n = 26) or unsatisfactory (n = 24). The parent assessed temperament using the Emotionality Activity Sociability (EAS) Scale of Child Temperament. Amnesia was evaluated by the parent on the following day. The relation between temperament and outcome variables was analyzed using a multiple logistic regression analysis. Children regarded as shy by the parent were at significantly greater risk of unsatisfactory acceptance of the dental treatment (P < 0.05). High scores of negative emotionality were significantly related to less amnesia (P < 0.05). We conclude that parental ratings of their child's temperament are valuable in predicting a child's acceptance of dental treatment under sedation.


  • Dentistry
  • child behavior
  • midazolam
  • rectal sedation
  • dental


  • ISSN: 1502-3850

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