Factors influencing behavior guidance: A survey of practicing pediatric dentists

Laura M. Juntgen, Brian J. Sanders, Laquia A. Walker, James E. Jones, James A. Weddell, Angela M. Tomlin, George Eckert, Gerardo Maupome

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to identify factors influencing behavior guidance technique utilization among practicing pediatric dentists and explore potential barriers to the incorporation of previously unused techniques. Methods: The data for this study were obtained from a web-based survey containing 15 multiple choice questions concerning the practitioners' past, current, and anticipated future behavior guidance technique utilization. Results: Most respondents received hands-on training in 10 of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry behavior guidance techniques. The type of training was associated with the practitioners' level of comfort using a given technique upon graduation and with the current frequency of technique utilization. Residency type impacted hands-on behavior guidance training, with 39 percent of respondents reporting no intravenous sedation training. The type of practice was associated with the frequency of behavior guidance technique utilization, as was graduation decade. Currently practicing dentists cited legal concerns, parental acceptance to change, and limited resources as perceived obstacles in the incorporation of new techniques. Conclusions: Behavior guidance technique selection and utilization among practicing pediatric dentists was influenced by multiple factors, including advanced education training, residency type, graduation decade, and practice type. Obstacles to the incorporation of previously unused techniques appear to be multifactorial.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)539-545
Number of pages7
JournalPediatric dentistry
Issue number7
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013



  • Behavior
  • Pediatric dentistry
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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Juntgen, L. M., Sanders, B. J., Walker, L. A., Jones, J. E., Weddell, J. A., Tomlin, A. M., Eckert, G., & Maupome, G. (2013). Factors influencing behavior guidance: A survey of practicing pediatric dentists. Pediatric dentistry, 35(7), 539-545.