Dental Project 2005-2006
This project was funded by Boots Plc. The aim was for ASCS to review the play preparation and child-friendly support available for children and their families requiring surgical dental treatment.
Our report, Dental Surgical Services for Children in Scotland covers the key documents relating to treating paediatric patients in a hospital setting under general anaesthesia; compared the preparation and support that general surgical paediatric patients received at that time and encouraged NHS dental services in Scotland to adopt standards of care for the provision of appropriate preparation of children for dental surgical treatment. Good practice was highlighted in those areas and services using the Action for Sick Children Scotland dental playboxes to help reduce anxiety in children requiring dental treatment.
Dental staff and hospital play specialists shared their experiences of the difficulties that they felt had caused more anxiety in children they were asked to prepare. Some of their suggestions were included in our parent information leaflet, Preparing your child for dental treatment. This leaflet aims to help parents and carers understand the importance of preparing their child for treatment, and informs them where to get more information if needed.
Another part of this project was to develop a dental playbox resource for children with additional complex support needs. This resource was successfully developed in collaboration with additional support for learning schools and units in Central Scotland. As a result we received Scottish Government funding for our current 'Special Smiles' project.
Special Smiles evaluation reports can be found here.