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Volume 8 Issue 1 (January, 2020)

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Assessment of dental anxiety and fear among 5-14 years old children
Sandeep kr Srivastava, Sumit Verma, Nandlal Pandey, Aastha Dureja, Gagandeep Kaur, Vibhor Azad

Background: Dental fear and dental anxiety (DFA) refer to the strong negative feelings associated with dental treatment. The present study was conducted to determine dent anxiety and fear among 5-14 years old children. Materials & Methods: The present study was conducted on 238 children 5-14 years of both genders. The Children’s Fear Survey Schedule – Dental Subscale (CFSS-DS) questionnaire was administered to evaluate dental fear in pediatric patients. Results: Age group 5 years comprised of 30, 6 years had 27, age 7 had 34, 8 years had 30, 9 years had 10, 10 years had 14, 11 years had 23, 12 years had 35, 13 years had 20 and 14 years had 15 subjects. The difference was significant (P< 0.05). Possible triggers in subjects was injection in 168 subjects, people in white uniform in 120, choking in 65, having the dentist clean your teeth in 134, having somebody look at you in 35, having to open your mouth in 47 and dentists in 110 subjects. Dental far score 38 was seen in 8 years old subjects, 40 in 7 years subject, 45 in 6 years old and 50 in 5 years old subject. The difference was significant (P< 0.05). Conclusion: Maximum fear was seen among 5 and 6 years old children. Injections and having the dentist clean your teeth were major fear factors. Key words: Anxiety, fear, Children

 
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