A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY TO EVALUATE DENTAL ANXIETY LEVELS AMONG PEOPLE IN VARIOUS STATES OF INDIA USING QUESTIONNAIRE BASED SURVEY
Dr. Darshit Jain*, Dr. Deep Shah, Dr. Falguni Maniyar, Dr. Saeeda Kharodia and Dr. Rutuj Waghmare
Introduction: Dental treatment still remains one of the most anxious procedures despite far spread awareness in building doctor- patient relationship. Dental anxiety is a crucial, if not the main, component of distress to patients within the dental operatory. Regardless of vast knowledge on behaviour management, little attention is given to patient’s fears whilst performing any treatment. Various scales have been proposed to study the anxiety levels of the patients, that can help alleviate their anxiety. This study towards aimed at studying the anxiety of a sample population using corah’s dental anxiety scale and dental concerns assessment scale. Methods: Data were collected by means of one survey of a random sample of the adult population in India in two languages. The survey questionnaire consisted of two different anxiety scales viz. Corah’s Dental Anxiety Scale (CDAS), & Dental Concerns Assessment Scale (DCAS). The answers were recorded and tabulated in Microsoft Excel software and statistically analysed. Result: Result showed that out of 203 answers recorded, corah’s DAS showed non-significant anxiety level. However, Significant number of population were concerned about various procedures that was seen in dental concerns assessment scale. Conclusion: This study concluded that although the anxiety levels vary among various population, they showed similar anxious concerns towards dental treatment procedures.
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