A bite out of anxiety: Evaluation of animal-assisted activity on anxiety in children attending a pediatric dental outpatient unit

J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent. 2018 Apr-Jun;36(2):181-184. doi: 10.4103/JISPPD.JISPPD_54_18.


Background: Anxiety control has been one of the key factors that shows that success of a pediatric dental practice. Animal- Aassisted therapy has shown to have many health benefits, which has brought the animal species closer to our homes with an establishment of a relationship.

Aims and objectives: The purpose of this study was to compare a Anxiety levels of patients scheduled to visit a Private private Ppediatric dDental Hhealth- Ccare Ffacility in Chennai and Ccompare the levels when exposed to animal-assisted activityAAA at the waiting area and in the oOperating area. This study being a first of its kind in the Dental dental Environment environment consisted of 20 children (9 Malemales, 11 Femalefemales), aged 4--11 years, attending a private dental care facility in Chennai.

Results: Results showed that a 15- min exposure in the waiting area has reduced the level of anxiety and also showed no increase in anxiety among the subjectsparticipants.

Conclusion: Thus, Pet pet Ttherapy has shown to be a promising method of Anxiety anxiety control, a key to a successful dental practice.

Keywords: Animal-assisted therapies; Test Anxiety Scale; anxiety; dental anxiety; pet therapy.

MeSH terms

  • Animal Assisted Therapy*
  • Animals
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dental Anxiety / prevention & control*
  • Dental Care for Children / methods*
  • Dogs
  • Female
  • Humans
  • India
  • Male
  • Sex Factors