Volume 6 Issue 12 (December, 2018)

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Dental Pain Perception in Different Genders: Psychological Evaluation and Pain Control Strategy
Rathi Rela

Aim: This study aims at evaluation and discussion of differences in pain perception, anxiety and behaviour of male and female dental patients and highlight its significance in treatment planning and management, in the clinical set in Bihar. Material and methods: A comparative cohort study was carried out in 440 patients from various dental clinic in Bihar. They were given a 23-question questionnaire based on extended DFAS(dental fear and avoidance scale) and DAS(dental anxiety scale).The variables included brief demographic data, medical history, psychological assessment, pain catastrophe, previous dental experiences and avoidance of dental treatment. Descriptive statistics were used to describe the categorized study and outcome variables in male and female patients and comparing the differences in psychology and pain perception. Results and conclusion: Female subjects reported with less pain and phobia for dental treatment compared to male subjects. 91.6% females responded positively for DFAS-1 score(not afraid) against 45.8% of male subjects and 50.6%male subjects agreed that they are terrified of dental pain against 25.7% female subjects for DFAS score 4(terrified of dental pain),which is statistically highly significant.
Key words: Dental phobia, Pain, Behaviour, Pain Catastrophe, Anxiety, Dental treatment

Received: 14 September  2018                                 Revised: 16 November 2018                          Accepted: 18 November 2018
Corresponding Author: Dr. Rathi Rela, Senior Resident, Patna Medical College & Hospital, Patna, Bihar, India 
This article may be cited as: Rela R. Dental Pain Perception in Different Genders: Psychological Evaluation and Pain Control Strategy. J Adv Med Dent Scie Res 2018;6(12):25-27.

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