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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 19  |  Page : 71-76

Fear of pain among the patients reporting for dental treatment at a dental hospital


1 Post Graduate, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Narayana Dental College and Hospital, Chinthareddypalem, Nellore-524002, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Professor and Head, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Narayana Dental College and Hospital, Chinthareddypalem, Nellore-524002, Andhra Pradesh, India
3 Professor, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Narayana Dental College and Hospital, Chinthareddypalem, Nellore-524002, Andhra Pradesh, India

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P Vineela
Department o f Public Health Dentistry, Narayana Dental College and Hospital, Chinthareddypalem, Nellore-524002, Andhra Pradesh
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Aim: To assess the fear of pain among patients reporting for dental treatment at a teaching hospital. Material and Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted upon the patients above 18yrs of age attending Narayana Dental College and Hospital, Nellore for a period of 1 month. Data was collected using a self-administered Fear of Dental Pain (FDP) questionnaire. Results: Mean age of the subjects was found to be 39.17}12.8 yrs. Mean FDP score of the studied population was 48.10}11.66. Statistically significant difference was observed for Mean FDP score in relation to gender and geographic location with females (p=0.000) and urban population (p=0.03) reporting more fear of pain. Age and Socio Economic Status were not found to be statistically significant in relation fear of pain. The most common reason for visit to a Dental Hospital was reported to be tooth pain (28.1%) followed by teeth decay (14.6%). Third molar extraction was considered to be the most fearful event in receiving dental care. Conclusions: Fear of pain among patients reporting for dental treatment is highly prevalent and could be an important barrier for utilizing dental services.


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