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Assessment of Dental Anxiety Levels among Students of Medical and Dental Sciences - JPDA

Assessment of Dental Anxiety Levels among Students of Medical and Dental Sciences

Ambrina Qureshi1 BDS, MPhil
Naghma Azad2 BDS, MCPS
Dur-e-Sameen3 MBBS, MPhil
Maham Baqai4 BDS

ABSTRACT:

Objective: This study was designed to look in the subjective ratings of dental anxiety levels among health care students (both dental and medical students) of a public sector University hospital and explore the difference in terms of their age, gender and their health related field of study.

Methodology: A cross sectional study was conducted on medical and dental students of Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi (n=315). Dental anxiety level of the study participants was evaluated by using Modified Dental Anxiety Scale (MDAS).

Results: Two hundred (n=200) participants completed the questionnaire with 63.5% response rate. Out of the total 59% belonged to dental whereas 41% belonged to medical field. Only 3% of the total was observed to have mean anxiety score of < 5. On the other hand majority (90%) suffered from slight-to-fair anxiety and only 7% were observed as dental phobic (extreme anxiety). Statistically significant differences (p <0.05) in ranked mean anxiety scores were observed according to gender, age group and field of study differences respectively.

Conclusion: It was concluded from the present study that female dental students of age group ≤ 21 years scored higher dental anxiety scores than medical male counter group of same age group. Particularly females were found to be more fearful of local anesthesia injection.

KEYWORDS: Dental Anxiety, Medical students, Dental students.

HOW TO CITE: Qureshi A, Azad N, Dur-e-Sameen, Baqai M. Assessment of Dental Anxiety Levels among Students of Medical and Dental Sciences. J Pak Dent Assoc 2017; 26(2): 54-58

Received: 1 May 2017, Accepted: 15 June 2017