Use of video eyewear to manage distress in children during restorative dental treatment

Mikala A. Hoge, Monica R. Howard, Dustin P. Wallace, Keith D. Allen

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of video eyewear in reducing disruptive behavior in a typical pediatric dental population during restorative treatment appointments. Methods: One hundred twenty-eight 4-to 16-year-olds were recruited from a continuous sample of patients seen in an urban dental clinic. Direct observations of distress, self-reported measures of pain, and patient satisfaction were obtained in a randomized clinical trial comparing 2 different types of glasses: (1) wraparound video eyewear; and (2) sunglasses (typical treatment in this dental clinic). Results: Analyses of covariance, using treatment condition (control vs experimental) as the primary independent variable and controlling for the effects of age, found that children wearing video eyewear glasses demonstrated significantly less disruptive behavior than those in the control group and that they liked their eyewear significantly better than those wearing the regular sunglasses. Conclusions: Wraparound video eyewear can be an effective approach to managing distress in children undergoing restorative dental treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)378-382
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric dentistry
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2012


  • Adolescent
  • Behavior
  • Child
  • Dental Care
  • Pain
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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