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Dental anxiety among patients visiting a teaching dental hospital in Mangalore, India,

*, Ashish Shrestha and *, Jyotsna Rimal and Rao , Ashwini and *, Sequeira PS and *, Doshi D (2009) Dental anxiety among patients visiting a teaching dental hospital in Mangalore, India,. Journal of Nepal Dental Association, 10 (1). pp. 12-15.

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Abstract

Background: The assessment of dental anxiety among patients would provide information on their behavior and aid in planning treatment. The prevalence and factors affecting dental anxiety in new patients visiting a teaching dental hospital in Mangalore, India, were measured. Materials and methods: The cross-sectional study utilized a self-reported questionnaire based on Corah’s Dental Anxiety Scale (DAS) translated into Kannada. Results: A total of 136 answered questionnaires were analyzed. The internal consistency of the scale assessed by Cronbach’s alpha was 0.72. The prevalence of dental anxiety was 34% (DAS ≥ 9. The mean DAS for dentally anxious females was statistically signifi cantly higher than for the males (p=0.027). Mean DAS score was signifi cantly (p=0.05) high for those who had visited a dentist earlier (11.76 ± 2.18). The highest mean DAS score (12.69 ± 2.24) was seen for those who had visited a dentist for tooth removal followed by cleaning, fi lling and dental check-up. Conclusion: The prevalence of dental anxiety was seen to be 34%. Females seemed to have higher dental anxiety as compared to the males. Dental anxiety was seen to be most among the younger age of the sample population. Higher dental anxiety was reported among those individuals who had undergone dental extraction in their previous visit.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anxiety assessment, Corah’s Dental Anxiety Scale, Dental anxiety, Dental visit
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Mangalore > Public Health Dentistry
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2013 10:52
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2013 10:52
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/77923

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