Prevalence of Dental Anxiety Among Patients Visiting Dental Institution- A Cross Sectional Study

Authors : Dr. Srividhya.S; Dr. Saraswathi Gopal

Volume/Issue : Volume 5 - 2020, Issue 8 - August

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DOI : 10.38124/IJISRT20AUG595

Aim and Objective: Anxiety exhibited by patients towards dental procedures are common problems experienced by many across the world. This study focuses on evaluating the dental anxiety among patients attending the outpatient clinics of Meenakshi Ammal Dental College and Hospital and its association with their age, gender, educational level. A total of 200 patients, aged 21–50 years were included in the study. A questionnaire comprising the Corah’s Dental Anxiety Scale was used to assess the level of dental anxiety. The data obtained was analyzed using SPSS software.  Results:. Independent t-test did not show significant variation among the age groups with respect to overall anxiety score (P≥ 0.05), however, it was reduced with increasing age. There was no significant difference was found by independent t-test between male and female groups and regarding previous dental visit (P ≥0.05). Regarding education level, there was no statistical difference between the groups (P > 0.05) Younger patients, female patients were associated with increased anxiety scores. The present study was done for better patient management and proper treatment plan development for dentally anxious patients

Keywords : Dental Anxiety, Dental Treatment, Modified Dental Anxiety Scale


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