Negative dentist behaviour among patient’s attending dental clinics of Udaipur city, India- a cross sectional study.
AbstractAims: To test the dental anxiety of the patient before and after the dental treatment received and correlate the DAS (Dental Anxiety Scale) scores with the patients’ treatment experience. Material and methods: The study area constituted Udaipur city. A sample of 312 subjects was drawn from eight dental clinics that were randomly selected from each of the four zones of Udaipur city. A questionnaire was used in the present study which included basic demographic information like age and gender in addition to questions related to DAS. Intensity of dental anxiety was determined by using 4 item DAS. DAS scores for each individual ranged from 5 to 20. Results: Of the total respondents, 36.5% were female. Mean DAS score was 8.8±3.1 before the treatment which was raised to 9.7±3.53 after the treatment. None of the subjects reported high fear except for one sixth (16.6%) of females belonging to the youngest age group. It was observed that the number of high anxious patients increased after the treatment in all the age groups. Conclusions: The percentage of individuals reporting high dental fear increased after the treatment. The reason for raise in the anxiety scores after the treatment could be due to the change in the environment.
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