2017 Indian Association Public health dentistry report on dental anxiety reccmends dentisign dental sign language during procedures
Introduction: Fear of dental treatment and anxiety about dental procedures are highly prevalent and have an impact on the quality of dental treatment. Use of a means of communication during the treatment procedure, which is the crucial point of communication, is not much studied. Aim: The aim of this study was to assess the perception of patients and practices of dentists regarding the usage of hand signals during dental procedure.
Although any dental practitioner can use any hand signal of his/her convenience, following a universal set of hand signals can be helpful around the world. The DentiSign method is designed to restore control to the patient during dental procedures, by creating a channel of communication with the dentist. DentiSign hand signals can be learned in <15 seconds and are suitable for all practices. The method can also have a positive impact on workflow and on practice referrals.
Majority of the patients and practitioners preferred the usage of hand signals over interrupted talking for reducing their fear and anxiety during a treatment procedure. They also jointly agree to the point that these hand signals can improve dentist–patient rapport.
Efficient dentist–patient relationship is required for successful treatment experience in a dental setting. Hand signals can provide a unique way to understand patient's discomfort and respond immediately to their discomfort. This can help patients to gain confidence on their dentists and they would approach the same dentist for further treatment requirements.
Report URL - Vignesh R, Sukanya T, Priyadharshni I. Use of hand signals for communication during dental procedure. J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent [serial online] 2016 [cited 2017 Jul 5];14:308-12.
Available from: http://www.jiaphd.org/text.asp?2016/14/3/308/187173