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A visit to the dentist for consultation alone is enough to cause the heart rate to increase and 58% of patients having anxiety towards dental treatment has been reported. Amongst various pharmacologic and non- pharmacologic adjuncts available to address dental anxiety, the therapeutic value of hypnosis requires a fresh and deeper look so as to decipher the potential benefits and to create a wider awareness and acceptance of its proven efficacy in anxiolysis. The benefits of hypnosis explained well to the patient at the initial visit and before commencement of treatment, can nudge her towards a greater relief in dental phobia, anxiety and pain tolerance. This article explores the role of hypnotherapy as a facilitator for anxiolysis in dentistry.
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection caused by the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) involves a wide range of symptoms, varying from mild to serious pneumonia. Gradually, with time and experience as we learn more about this novel Covid-19 pandemic, cases are appearing with a multitude of manifestations and newer complications. After a shocking second wave, India and the world is advancing slowly toward stability; another threat has emerged as a challenge in the form of coronavirus disease-associated mucormycosis. During the second wave of Covid-19, we observed a surge in the number of infections in the pediatric population, who were silent carriers till then. This time children were equally prone to the Coronavirus and manifested mixed symptoms. With India having large population of children suffering from type 1 Diabetes Mellitus, it makes them more prone to developing mucormycosis post-COVID-19. To handle the future situation, there is an urgent need to set up special task forces, issuing guidelines, arranging separate Pediatric patient wards in hospitals for mucormycosis, and obtaining a sufficient number of medicines. This article tries to focus on a situation Post COVID Mucormycosis, which if not controlled can be severely devastating.
Child abuse and Neglect (CAN), is now a centre of public attention after prolonged neglect by both society and medical professionals. Child neglect is a form of child maltreatment. There is evidence in the literature that 50% of all injuries involve the head and neck region, which places dentists particularly paediatric dentist at the forefront of abuse detection. Based on available records, the majority of dentists confirm that they can recognize abuse, strangely, a great number of them shows reluctance in reporting to appropriate authorities. The reporting is required not only for ethical reasons but also Section 21(1) of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 has made it compulsory to inform about and incidents of child sexual abuse to the law enforcement jurisdiction. This applies to everyone including parents, medical professionals, and school authorities. If suspicion of abuse occurs, all valid information must be documented with radiographs, photographs and impressions. A comprehensive report should be made in the dental chart concerning the presence, site, severity and distribution of the injuries Child abuse and Neglect (CAN), Child maltreatment, Child abuse, Paediatric dentist
The definite mechanism of SARS-CoV-2 transmission remains unclear, but it is certain that basically it is through aerosols produced by coughing or other sources. Besides, these aerosolized droplets can remain suspended in an area, even after the person responsible for the transmission has left and thus may result in the surface contamination and infection of the health-care professionals. Most of the dentists worldwide are anxious and have chief concerns about aerosols. Aerosols containing the virus can be a risk. So far, no clear evidence in the literature exists that aerosols containing the virus have affected people and of course, no proof to reject that, either. Most of the dentists have profound fear and anxiety of getting infected while working during the current viral outbreak that has usually been due to the overwhelming reports on the COVID-19 pandemic. Most dental professionals get exposed to infections, and older generations have lived through various health scares in the past, including HIV and SARS. Indeed, there is so much we still don’t know about COVID-19, but we can’t live with this fear for eternity; we have to find a way to live with this pandemic. Since the aerosols increase during and after the dental procedures, therefore, the Dental offices should adhere to CDC and OSHA guidelines to reduce the risk of transmission of infections. In consideration of the current situation, it will be a wise decision to decrease patient contact, restrict the generation of aerosols and use the best PPE.
Objectives: To evaluate the association of parents 'acceptability for SDF therapy with the location of teeth, child's behaviour, age, gender or socioeconomic status. Material and methods: As parents are the decision-makers for their child, we conducted a questionnaire-based survey on 35 parents intending to assess their acceptance for SDF therapy and factors influencing their decision. For pre-treatment aesthetic evaluation of SDF application, the parents were presented with a set of pre-and post-treatment photographs of clinical cases for their observation and comparison along with the printed structured proforma. Results: Mean parental acceptance for SDF therapy for front teeth was 2.2 (SD 1.1) and 3.1 (SD 1.2) for back teeth. Cases where the child was fully cooperative, mean ratings were slightly higher for front teeth (2.5 SD 1.6) but lesser for back teeth (2.8, SD 2.2).Results showed that parental acceptance was significantly less (p<0.05) for anterior teeth and in younger children (< 3 years). Gender of the child and socioeconomic status of parents were not associated with their acceptance rates for SDF therapy. Conclusion: Longitudinal studies with a postoperative evaluation of SDF therapy acceptance should be conducted for a better understanding of this topic.