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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 14  |  Page : 153-157

Dental anxiety among a group of Patients Anticipating various dental treatments at K .M. Shah Dental College and Hospital, Piparia, Vadodara, Gujarat

Dept. of Preventive & Community Dentistry, K.M. Shah Dental College & Hospital Piparia, Vadndma (Gujarat), India

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Objective: To assess the dental anxiety among a group of patients anticipating various dental treatments at K.M.Shah Dental College and Hospital Material & Methods: A total of 150 subjects, waiting at the out patient department of conservative & endodontic, periodontia & oral surgery department participated in the study. For each of 3 dental treatments, 50 patients were selected by using convenience sampling. Dental anxiety was assessed by using Modified Dental Anxiety Scale (MDAS). Statistical analysis was made by descriptive analysis and one way ANOVA test. Results: 46% of participants were dentally anxious. Females found to be significantly more anxious than males. Relative influence of age, type of dental treatment was not significantly associated with dental anxiety. Conclusion: The study shows dental anxiety was high among study subjects. It is recommended that this issue should be given due importance and addressed in a practical and meaningful manner.

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