AAPD Update on "Inside Edition" Story

May 16, 2012 02:41 PM
As shared in the April 27 AAPD E-News, "Inside Edition," a nationally-syndicated newsmagazine show, aired a story on April 26, 2012, investigating the use of papoose boards by dentists: http://www.insideedition.com/news/8092/inside-edition-investigates-the-use-of-papoose-boards-by-dentists.a​spx. Hosted by Lisa Guerrero, chief investigative correspondent for "Inside Edition," the segment failed to provide an objective view of protective stabilization. As mentioned in our April 27th E-Blast, the AAPD contacted the senior investigative producer with our concerns. Robert Read wanted to let us correct the misrepresentations in the story, and proposed that we provide a response for the lay public that has been added to the online version of the story:http://www.insideedition.com/news/8092/inside-edition-investigates-the-use-of-papoose-boards-by-dentists.aspx

In connection with our report, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) provided us with the following statement: 

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes that in providing oral health care for infants, children, adolescents and persons with special health care needs, a range of behavior guidance techniques may be used by dental health care providers.  Behavior guidance is a continuum of interaction involving the dentist and dental team, the patient and the parent directed toward communication and education. Its goal is to ease fear and anxiety while promoting an understanding of the need for good oral health and the process by which that is achieved.

Protective stabilization is used when other behavior management techniques are ineffective, such as during emergencies,  in the case of a child with special health care needs, or when a child cannot cooperate for treatment.  Protective stabilization should only be used when absolutely necessary, in the shortest amount of time possible, to protect the child, the oral health professional and other dental office staff during oral health procedures, and should not cause physical injury or discomfort.  The objectives of protective stabilization are to:

  • Reduce or eliminate sudden, uncontrolled or aggressive movement of the child’s head, jaw, body or appendages
  • Provide stability for the child in the dental chair
  • Protect the child and oral health staff from injury
  • Facilitate delivery of quality oral health procedures

For more information, please access AAPD’s Guideline on Behavior Guidance for the Pediatric Dental Patient: http://www.aapd.org/media/Policies_Guidelines/G_BehavGuide.pdf


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