Self-Assessment of Dental Anxiety in Patients Visiting Comprehensive Rural Health Service Project
|Anindya Bhalla1*, Sukriti Bhalla Singh2, Sujata3, Ashish Singh4 and Ajay Choudhary5|
|1Department of Public Health Dentistry & Nims Dental College Shobha Nagar, N.H.11-C Jaipur – 303121 Rajasthan, India|
|2Department of Internal Medicine & Shri Dada Dev Matriavum Shishu Chikitsalya, Dabri, Delhi -110045 New Delhi, India|
|3Department of Oral Diagnosis & KG Chopra Dental Clinic, Jaipur,-302004, Rajasthan, India|
|4Department of Family Medicine & Room 10, community Health centre (CHC) District Shyamli, -251319 Uttar Pradesh, India|
|5Department of Conservative & Endotics Dentistry& Nims Dental College Shobha Nagar, N.H.11-C Jaipur – 303121 Rajasthan, India|
|*Corresponding Author :||Anindya Bhalla
Department of Public Health Dentistry
& Nims Dental College Shobha Nagar
N.H.11-C Jaipur – 303121 Rajasthan, India
E-mail: [email protected]
|Received July 21, 2013; Accepted September 17, 2013; Published September 20, 2013|
|Citation: Bhalla A, Singh SB, Sujata , Singh A, Choudhary A (2013) Self- Assessment of Dental Anxiety in Patients Visiting Comprehensive Rural Health Service Project. J Depress Anxiety 2:137.doi:10.4172/2167-1044.1000137|
|Copyright: © 2013 Bhalla A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.|
Aims: The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence, severity and associations of dental anxiety in a sample of the adult population visiting comprehensive Rural Health Service Department, Ballabgarh (Haryana).
Methods and material: A sample of 379 adults (age ranging between 15 to 60 years; mean age male = 35.89 ± 14.10 and female 35.01 ± 12.38). The Modified Dental Anxiety Scale (MDAS) is a brief, self-complete questionnaire consisting of five questions (Q1 to Q5) and summed together to produce a total score ranging from 1 to 5.
Statistical analysis used: SSP version 16 software, the percentage, means and standard deviation.
Results: The results revealed that females were more apprehensive, compare to men. Based on distribution of anxiety according to age group, males between the age group 15 to 23 and 24 to 33 belonged fairly anxious group and only slight anxiety was observed in higher age group (44 to 53 yr). On the other hand, females were found to be very anxious at higher age group of 24-33 and 34-43.
Conclusions: It is recommended that dental education and health care services should be promoted to overcome the fear/anxiety factor.