Negative dentist behaviour among patient’s attending dental clinics of Udaipur city, India- a cross sectional study.

  • Anmol Mathur Kothiwal Dental college & Research Center
  • Manish Jain People’s Dental College
  • Vardan V
  • Prabu Duraiswamy People’s Dental College.
  • Suhas Kulkarni Suhas Kulkarni Darshan Dental College and Hospital, Udaipur

Abstract

Aims:  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.

Author Biographies

Anmol Mathur, Kothiwal Dental college & Research Center
Senior lecturer, Department of Public Health Dentistry
Manish Jain, People’s Dental College
Senior lecturer, Department of Public Health Dentistry
Prabu Duraiswamy, People’s Dental College.
Associate professor
Suhas Kulkarni Suhas Kulkarni, Darshan Dental College and Hospital, Udaipur
Professor & Head, Department of Public health dentistry

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Published
2010-01-01
How to Cite
MATHUR, Anmol et al. Negative dentist behaviour among patient’s attending dental clinics of Udaipur city, India- a cross sectional study.. Journal of Oral Health Research, [S.l.], jan. 2010. ISSN 2229-6018. Available at: <http://www.johr.in/index.php/JOHR/article/view/6>. Date accessed: 20 sep. 2019.

Keywords

Dental Anxiety Scale; Behaviour; Dental anxiety