hand-over-mouth exercise

hand-o·ver-mouth ex·er·cise

(H.O.M.E.) (hand ō'vĕr mowth eks'ĕr-sīz)
A patient-management technique for pedodontic dental patients where the dentist gently places a hand over the child's mouth and tells the child that his hand will be removed as soon as the child is quiet and can listen without being loud and disruptive. This method can only be employed by the dentist, not the dental auxiliaries, and must never include obstructing the nasal airway, which is illegal.