Distraction techniques for managing dental anxiety in children and adolescents

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This review assessing whether distraction techniques reduce children’s/adolescent’s anxiety and fear during dental treatment included 20 RCTs providing very low certainty evidence that these techniques have a positive effect.

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Perinatal mental health difficulties: does the internet have the answer?

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Jane Iles summarises a recent systematic review of digital interventions for perinatal mental health, which highlights a mixed bag of heterogeneous studies in this field.

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Sleep bruxism: little evidence for management

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The review of sleep bruxism was only able to identify 12 small low quality RCTs covering a range of treatments. Most evidence was available for oral appliances but there is no sufficient evidence to state that the occlusal splint is effective for treating sleep bruxism.

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Insufficient evidence to assess the effectiveness of biofeedback for sleep bruxism

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Sleep bruxism (SB) is a sleep related disorder characterized by tooth grinding or jaw clenching during sleep, which is usually associated with sleep arousal. A wide range of treatments has been proposed including, relaxation exercises, behavioural approaches, dental splints and biofeedback.  The aim of this review was to evaluate the efficacy of any biofeedback treatment [read the full story…]