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VOLUME 13 , ISSUE 4 ( July-August, 2020 ) > List of Articles

Original Article

“Thaumaturgy”— A Novel Behavior-shaping Technique

Sapna Konde, Saleem Sumaiyya

Citation Information : Konde S, Sumaiyya S. “Thaumaturgy”— A Novel Behavior-shaping Technique. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2020; 13 (4):318-321.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10005-1781

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 18-01-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; The Author(s).


Aim: To compare and evaluate the effectiveness of thaumaturgy in alleviation of anxiety in children aged 2–13 years. Materials and methods: Two hundred and forty children aged 2–13 years, identified as manifesting strong-willed behavior were selected for this study. The children were randomly assigned to be managed by one of the three thaumaturgic distraction techniques. Anxiety was assessed before and after the local anesthetic procedure using the anxiety facial scale. Results: There was a significant decrease in anxiety with the use of thaumaturgic techniques. Thumb and light trick significantly reduced anxiety in children aged 2–7 years, book trick reduced anxiety in children aged 7–11 years, and item tricks in children aged 11–13 years. Conclusion: The use of thaumaturgy plays an important role in shaping the behavior of a child in pediatric dentistry. The age and cognitive development of child dictates the technique to be used. Clinical significance: Thaumaturgy helps to render effective dental treatment in uncooperative children and instill a positive attitude.

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