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Reaction of 5 and 6 year olds to Dental Injection after Viewing the Needle: pilot study

  • G.M. Maragakis1,*,
  • R.J. Musselman1
  • C.C. Ho1

1Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Louisiana State University School of Dentistry

DOI: 10.17796/jcpd.31.1.g6q6q8j067755071 Vol.31,Issue 1,January 2007 pp.28-31

Published: 01 January 2007

*Corresponding Author(s): G.M. Maragakis E-mail:


The aim was to evaluate the practice of hiding the needle prior to dental anesthesia administration to children. Fourteen 5 and 6 year olds received dental treatment in two sessions. The needle was shown in one session and hidden in the

other. Eleven children were cooperative and 3 uncooperative irrespective of approach. The children’s behavior corre-lated with fears expressed by the mothers. Our initial findings do not support the practice of hiding the needle.

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G.M. Maragakis,R.J. Musselman,C.C. Ho. Reaction of 5 and 6 year olds to Dental Injection after Viewing the Needle: pilot study. Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry. 2007. 31(1);28-31.


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