The aim of the study was to assess 100 preschool children's satisfaction grading of relative analgesia (RA) after
completing dental treatment by collecting their opinion on this technique through a verbal questionnaire.
dental care a simple verbal questionnaire (3 questions) was administered by the operator. The questionnaire investigated: 1) patient's
satisfaction about the sedation treatment; 2) patient's agreement to re-experiment the technique and 3) patient's emotions while
sedated. Moreover, following treatment, each child was invited to make a drawing on the experience.
Data obtained were
classified in 3 groups: group 1 (87 of children) appreciated RA and would agree to repeat the experience; group 2 (4
of the sample) did not answer the verbal questionnaire and group 3 (9) did not enjoy the sedation technique. Only 15 children
completed a drawing; conducting a psychological analysis through C.R. Rogers' theory of Person Centred Approach coupled with the
handwriting analysis methodology defined by Girolamo Moretti, positive features were found in the majority of the drawings (13 out of
The majority (87) of the sample appreciated to experience nitrous oxide inhalation sedation and would
undergo a further appointment under RA.
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