According to a study from the Indian-Journal of Dental-Research, it was discovered that children do experience physiological and behavioral effects from routine dental care. Anxiety was said to be the physiological effect, and it is caused by stress. This is why it is sometimes known as physiological stress. To know how to deal with stress in children with
Anxiety is known to be another kind of fear. And, it’s said to be felt when threatening stimuli is being expected.
The Physical Reactions of Anxiety
Here are some of the physical reactions that were considered to cause anxiety on children undergoing routine oral care:
• Blood Pressure: The result of the controlled experiment that was conducted at Meenakshi-Annual Dental-College & Hospital in Chennai India, concluded that in the systolic blood pressure of the children that were experimented on. Also, the diastolic blood pressure was also found to have a significant difference in the early stages of the experiment.
• Heart Rate: The same research found that children are undergoing routine dental care often have a significant difference in their heart rate which was found to be most intense at the initial stages. But with a more frequent visit, it became better.
• Oxygen Saturation: Although the saturation of oxygen was also examined, it didn’t show any significant difference during the experiment.
Despite the blood pressure and heart rate of the children showing some differences in the dental college’s experiment, the findings were contradicted in some other tests. One of them claimed that the anticipation of high stressed dental care affected the heart rate but not the blood pressure.
The second claimed the difference in heart rate was due to the movement of the children during the experiment, and not because of the stressed caused anxiety.
It was concluded that the anxiety children experience during an oral care visit as a connection between heart pulse rate and the blood pressure. And to solidify the result from that experiment, there are no recent studies that also show an increase in both the heart rate and the blood pressure.
Finally, it was also determined that it is the combination of the children’s personality traits as well as family concerns, their personal experiences, and the level of their diseases that would determine the degree of the anxiety any child experiences during routine dental care.