Behavior Guidance

Behavior guidance techniques are used to alleviate anxiety, nurture a positive dental attitude, and perform quality oral health care safely and efficiently for infants, children, adolescents, and persons with special health care needs. Selection of techniques must be tailored to the needs of the individual patient and the skills of the dentist.

Behavior guidance is meant to develope and nurture the relationship between the patient and doctor, which ultimately builds trust and allays fear and anxiety. Below is a list of behavior guidance techniques that is intended to maintain communication, while others are intended to extinguish inappropriate behavior and establish communication that may be used by our dentists and their staff during their visit:

  • Communication and communitive guidance
  • Positive pre-visit imagery
  • Direct observation
  • Tell-show-do
  • Ask-tell-ask
  • Voice control
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Postive reinforcement and descriptive praise
  • Distraction
  • Memory restructering
  • Parental presence/absence
  • Communication techniques for parents (and age appropriate patients)
  • Nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalationIf you have any questions about behavior guidance, be sure to talk to your pediatric dentist at your next visit!