dental anxiety

Summary

Summary: Abnormal fear or dread of visiting the dentist for preventive care or therapy and unwarranted anxiety over dental procedures.

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  1. Malvania E, Ajithkrishnan C. Prevalence and socio-demographic correlates of dental anxiety among a group of adult patients attending a dental institution in Vadodara city, Gujarat, India. Indian J Dent Res. 2011;22:179-80 pubmed publisher
    Anxiety is a subjective state of feelings. Dental anxiety is often reported as a cause of irregular dental attendance, delay in seeking dental care or even avoidance of dental care, resulting in poor oral health related quality of life...
  2. de Menezes Abreu D, Leal S, Mulder J, Frencken J. Dental anxiety in 6-7-year-old children treated in accordance with conventional restorative treatment, ART and ultra-conservative treatment protocols. Acta Odontol Scand. 2011;69:410-6 pubmed publisher
    To test the hypothesis that dental anxiety levels of children treated in accordance with the conventional restorative treatment (CRT) are higher than in children treated with the atraumatic restorative treatment (ART) or ultra-..
  3. Hittner J, Hemmo R. Psychosocial predictors of dental anxiety. J Health Psychol. 2009;14:53-9 pubmed publisher
    Building on earlier research on psychosocial predictors of dental anxiety, this study examined the predictive ability of several demographic and personality variables...
  4. Thomson W, Broadbent J, Locker D, Poulton R. Trajectories of dental anxiety in a birth cohort. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2009;37:209-19 pubmed publisher
    To examine predictors of dental anxiety trajectories in a longitudinal study of New Zealanders...
  5. Al Omari W, Al Omiri M. Dental anxiety among university students and its correlation with their field of study. J Appl Oral Sci. 2009;17:199-203 pubmed
    This study was designed to investigate the subjective ratings of dental anxiety levels among university students enrolled at Jordan University of Science and Technology...
  6. Abu Ghazaleh S, Rajab L, Sonbol H, Aljafari A, Elkarmi R, Humphris G. The Arabic version of the modified dental anxiety scale. Psychometrics and normative data for 15-16 year olds. Saudi Med J. 2011;32:725-9 pubmed
    To prepare an Arabic version of the Modified Dental Anxiety Scale (MDAS) and provide normative information including evidence to support the validity of the measure. The MDAS was translated into Arabic and back-translated into English...
  7. Glassman P, Caputo A, Dougherty N, Lyons R, Messieha Z, Miller C, et al. Special Care Dentistry Association consensus statement on sedation, anesthesia, and alternative techniques for people with special needs. Spec Care Dentist. 2009;29:2-8; quiz 67-8 pubmed publisher
    ..The SCDA hopes that these guidelines can help oral health professionals and other interested individuals and groups to work together to ensure that PSN can achieve a "lifetime of oral health." ..
  8. Pohjola V, Mattila A, Joukamaa M, Lahti S. Alcohol use disorder, smoking and dental fear among adults in Finland. Acta Odontol Scand. 2013;71:300-6 pubmed publisher
    ..The results of this study support the suggestion that some individuals may have personality traits that make them vulnerable to substance use disorders and dental fear. ..
  9. Schienle A, Köchel A, Leutgeb V. Frontal late positivity in dental phobia: a study on gender differences. Biol Psychol. 2011;88:263-9 pubmed publisher

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  1. de Jongh A, Schutjes M, Aartman I. A test of Berggren's model of dental fear and anxiety. Eur J Oral Sci. 2011;119:361-5 pubmed publisher
    ..The results suggest that individuals with high levels of dental anxiety would particularly benefit from interventions specifically designed to break their avoidance pattern.
  2. Esa R, Savithri V, Humphris G, Freeman R. The relationship between dental anxiety and dental decay experience in antenatal mothers. Eur J Oral Sci. 2010;118:59-65 pubmed publisher
    The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between dental anxiety and dental decay experience among antenatal mothers attending Maternal and Child Health clinics in Malaysia...
  3. Schienle A, Scharmüller W, Leutgeb V, Schäfer A, Stark R. Sex differences in the functional and structural neuroanatomy of dental phobia. Brain Struct Funct. 2013;218:779-87 pubmed publisher
    ..The consideration of such differences could contribute to greater effectiveness in treating dental phobia. ..
  4. Armfield J, Pohjola V, Joukamaa M, Mattila A, Suominen A, Lahti S. Exploring the associations between somatization and dental fear and dental visiting. Eur J Oral Sci. 2011;119:288-93 pubmed publisher
    ..The results were consistent with the hypothesized role of somatization in the development of dental fear. Further investigation of how somatization is related to dental fear and dental-service utilization appears warranted. ..
  5. Lago Méndez L, Diniz Freitas M, Senra Rivera C, Seoane Pesqueira G, Gandara Rey J, Garcia Garcia A. Postoperative recovery after removal of a lower third molar: role of trait and dental anxiety. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2009;108:855-60 pubmed publisher
    The aim of this study was to evaluate trait and dental anxiety influence on postoperative recovery after lower third molar surgery and to determine the effect of anxiety on surgery duration.
  6. Lueken U, Hoyer J, Siegert J, Gloster A, Wittchen H. Symptom provocation in dental anxiety using cross-phobic video stimulation. Eur J Oral Sci. 2011;119:61-8 pubmed publisher
    ..Forty subjects were stratified according to dental anxiety as measured by the Dental Fear Survey (DFS) using a median-split procedure (high-DFS and low-DFS groups)...
  7. Acharya S, Sangam D. Dental anxiety and its relationship with self-perceived health locus of control among Indian dental students. Oral Health Prev Dent. 2010;8:9-14 pubmed
    The objective of the present study was to assess dental anxiety and study its relationship with the perceived Health Locus of Control (HLC) among students in an Indian dental school...
  8. Kirova D, Atanasov D, Lalabonova C, Janevska S. Dental anxiety in adults in Bulgaria. Folia Med (Plovdiv). 2010;52:49-56 pubmed
    ..The dental anxiety, dental fear and dental phobia stand out against the background of general anxiety...
  9. Armfield J. What goes around comes around: revisiting the hypothesized vicious cycle of dental fear and avoidance. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2013;41:279-87 pubmed publisher
    ..Dental fear appears to act as a determinant of avoiding or delaying dental visit, which has flow-on effects in terms of greater treatment need and problem-oriented visiting. ..
  10. Fuentes D, Gorenstein C, Hu L. Dental anxiety and trait anxiety: an investigation of their relationship. Br Dent J. 2009;206:E17 pubmed publisher
    ..Some studies have shown that there is an association between dental anxiety and general fears and anxiety, neuroticism and general psychological distress...
  11. Ng S, Leung W. A community study on the relationship of dental anxiety with oral health status and oral health-related quality of life. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2008;36:347-56 pubmed
    To investigate the relationship of dental anxiety with oral health status and oral health-related quality of life (OHQoL) among dentate subjects living in Hong Kong...
  12. do Nascimento D, da Silva Araújo A, Gusmão E, Cimões R. Anxiety and fear of dental treatment among users of public health services. Oral Health Prev Dent. 2011;9:329-37 pubmed
    ..The Modified Dental Anxiety Scale (MDAS) and Gatchel's Scale were used to evaluate the degree of anxiety and fear among the patients...
  13. Pohjola V, Lahti S, Vehkalahti M, Tolvanen M, Hausen H. Age-specific associations between dental fear and dental condition among adults in Finland. Acta Odontol Scand. 2008;66:278-85 pubmed publisher
    ..Neither gender nor dental attendance affects the association between dental fear and dental condition. The associations between dental fear and numbers of missing and sound teeth vary according to year of birth. ..
  14. Schierz O, John M, Reissmann D, Mehrstedt M, Szentpétery A. Comparison of perceived oral health in patients with temporomandibular disorders and dental anxiety using oral health-related quality of life profiles. Qual Life Res. 2008;17:857-66 pubmed publisher
    ..Our study aim was to compare patients' perceived impact from temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and from dental anxiety on oral health using item profiles contained within the Oral Health Impact Profile (OHIP)...
  15. Chhabra N, Chhabra A, Walia G. Prevalence of dental anxiety and fear among five to ten year old children: a behaviour based cross sectional study. Minerva Stomatol. 2012;61:83-9 pubmed
    b>Dental anxiety and fear pose a considerable challenge for the practice of clinical dentistry as these are problematic entities in the management of child patients and present a potential barrier to the utilization of oral health care ..
  16. Al Namankany A, de Souza M, Ashley P. Evidence-based dentistry: analysis of dental anxiety scales for children. Br Dent J. 2012;212:219-22 pubmed publisher
    To review paediatric dental anxiety measures (DAMs) and assess the statistical methods used for validation and their clinical implications...
  17. Leal S, Abreu D, Frencken J. Dental anxiety and pain related to ART. J Appl Oral Sci. 2009;17 Suppl:84-8 pubmed
    ..Aspects related to dental anxiety/fear and pain/discomfort have been highlighted, to facilitate better understanding and use of the information ..
  18. Goettems M, Ardenghi T, Romano A, Demarco F, Torriani D. Influence of maternal dental anxiety on oral health-related quality of life of preschool children. Qual Life Res. 2011;20:951-9 pubmed publisher
    The aim of this study was to determine the influence of maternal dental anxiety on perceptions about oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) of preschool children...
  19. Pekkan G, Kilicoglu A, Hatipoglu H. Relationship between dental anxiety, general anxiety level and depression in patients attending a university hospital dental clinic in Turkey. Community Dent Health. 2011;28:149-53 pubmed
    To evaluate the relationship between dental anxiety, general anxiety and depression levels in patients attending a university hospital dental clinic in Turkey. A cross sectional study. 250 first visit patients seeking dental treatment...
  20. Armfield J. How do we measure dental fear and what are we measuring anyway?. Oral Health Prev Dent. 2010;8:107-15 pubmed
    b>Dental anxiety shares similar characteristics with many clinical anxiety disorders, and this is especially the case with other specific fears and phobias...
  21. Hill K, Chadwick B, Freeman R, O Sullivan I, Murray J. Adult Dental Health Survey 2009: relationships between dental attendance patterns, oral health behaviour and the current barriers to dental care. Br Dent J. 2013;214:25-32 pubmed publisher
    ..The 2009 survey data demonstrated a relationship between dental anxiety and dental attendance...
  22. Sadi H, Finkelman M, Rosenberg M. Salivary cortisol, salivary alpha amylase, and the dental anxiety scale. Anesth Prog. 2013;60:46-53 pubmed publisher
    The aim of this study was to investigate the correlation between dental anxiety, salivary cortisol, and salivary alpha amylase (sAA) levels...
  23. Oosterink F, de Jongh A, Aartman I. Negative events and their potential risk of precipitating pathological forms of dental anxiety. J Anxiety Disord. 2009;23:451-7 pubmed publisher
    ..present study was to assess which types of experiences are most closely associated with pathological forms of dental anxiety. Data came from a sample of dental patients (n=1462)...
  24. Nuttall N, Gilbert A, Morris J. Children's dental anxiety in the United Kingdom in 2003. J Dent. 2008;36:857-60 pubmed publisher
    The prevalence of dental anxiety among a representative sample of children in the UK was determined in the Children's Dental Health survey of 2003...
  25. Tickle M, Jones C, Buchannan K, Milsom K, Blinkhorn A, Humphris G. A prospective study of dental anxiety in a cohort of children followed from 5 to 9 years of age. Int J Paediatr Dent. 2009;19:225-32 pubmed publisher
    The development of dental anxiety in children is poorly understood. The aims of this study were to measure changes in dental anxiety over time and to examine the relationship between anxiety, dental care, and other factors...
  26. Pohjola V, Lahti S, Suominen Taipale L, Hausen H. Dental fear and subjective oral impacts among adults in Finland. Eur J Oral Sci. 2009;117:268-72 pubmed publisher
    ..Treating dental fear could have positive effects on subjective oral impacts by reducing psychological and social stress and by improving regular dental attendance and oral health. ..
  27. Craddock H, Carry J, Kelly S. Integrated teaching of basic and clinical sciences in anxiety and pain management. Eur J Dent Educ. 2009;13:142-6 pubmed publisher
    ..This paper describes the structure of the course, its place within the horizontal and vertical learning themes, as well as describing the response of staff and students to this type of course. ..
  28. Stenebrand A, Wide Boman U, Hakeberg M. Dental anxiety and symptoms of general anxiety and depression in 15-year-olds. Int J Dent Hyg. 2013;11:99-104 pubmed publisher
    The objective of the study was to analyse the relationship between dental anxiety and symptoms of general anxiety and depression among 15-year-old individuals...
  29. Appukuttan D, Datchnamurthy M, Deborah S, Hirudayaraj G, Tadepalli A, Victor D. Reliability and validity of the Tamil version of Modified Dental Anxiety Scale. J Oral Sci. 2012;54:313-20 pubmed
    The aim of this study was to test the reliability and validity of the Tamil version of the Modified Dental Anxiety Scale (MDAS)...
  30. Oosterink F, de Jongh A, Hoogstraten J. Prevalence of dental fear and phobia relative to other fear and phobia subtypes. Eur J Oral Sci. 2009;117:135-43 pubmed publisher
    ..4%). The findings suggest that dental fear is a remarkably severe and stable condition with a long duration. The high prevalence of dental phobia in the Netherlands is intriguing and warrants investigation in other countries. ..
  31. Klaassen M, Veerkamp J, Hoogstraten J. Young children's Oral Health-Related Quality of Life and dental fear after treatment under general anaesthesia: a randomized controlled trial. Eur J Oral Sci. 2009;117:273-8 pubmed publisher
    ..In the total CFSS-DS scores no effects were found. The results of this study showed that the child's OHRQoL improved after treatment under GA. Furthermore, children need guidance in reducing dental fear after treatment under GA. ..
  32. Astrøm A, Skaret E, Haugejorden O. Dental anxiety and dental attendance among 25-year-olds in Norway: time trends from 1997 to 2007. BMC Oral Health. 2011;11:10 pubmed publisher
    So far, there are few studies considering the development of dental anxiety and dental attendance patterns across time in the general population of Norwegian adults...
  33. Costa P, Valadao W, Costa L. Dental sedation by dentists: a view from anesthesiologists working in central Western Brazil. Anesth Analg. 2010;110:110-4 pubmed publisher
    ..Dental sedation is an issue that still needs to be clarified in this region; the respective roles of physicians and dentists need to be determined to benefit the population. ..
  34. Kanegane K, Penha S, Munhoz C, Rocha R. Dental anxiety and salivary cortisol levels before urgent dental care. J Oral Sci. 2009;51:515-20 pubmed
    b>Dental anxiety is still prevalent, despite advances in treatment, and affects the utilization of health care services...
  35. Goettems M, Ardenghi T, Demarco F, Romano A, Torriani D. Children's use of dental services: influence of maternal dental anxiety, attendance pattern, and perception of children's quality of life. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2012;40:451-8 pubmed publisher
    ..the study was to investigate the influence of a child's clinical condition; maternal characteristics such as dental anxiety and dental visit pattern; socioeconomic conditions; and maternal perception of the child's oral health-related ..
  36. Ray J, Boman U, Bodin L, Berggren U, Lichtenstein P, Broberg A. Heritability of dental fear. J Dent Res. 2010;89:297-301 pubmed publisher
    ..47, 0.44). Studies of the etiology of dental fear/anxiety should take genetic vulnerability into account and include molecular biology measures. Possible heritability differences between girls and boys need attention. ..
  37. Coolidge T, Hillstead M, Farjo N, Weinstein P, Coldwell S. Additional psychometric data for the Spanish Modified Dental Anxiety Scale, and psychometric data for a Spanish version of the Revised Dental Beliefs Survey. BMC Oral Health. 2010;10:12 pubmed publisher
    ..Previous work with the Spanish Modified Dental Anxiety Scale (MDAS) yielded good validity, but lower test-retest reliability...
  38. Winocur E, Uziel N, Lisha T, Goldsmith C, Eli I. Self-reported bruxism - associations with perceived stress, motivation for control, dental anxiety and gagging. J Oral Rehabil. 2011;38:3-11 pubmed publisher
    To examine possible associations between self-reported bruxism, stress, desirability of control, dental anxiety and gagging...
  39. Akarslan Z, Erten H, Uzun O, Iseri E, Topuz O. Relationship between trait anxiety, dental anxiety and DMFT indexes of Turkish patients attending a dental school clinic. East Mediterr Health J. 2010;16:558-62 pubmed
    The aims of this study were to evaluate possible relationships between trait anxiety, dental anxiety and the total number of decayed, missing and filled teeth (DMFT) index of patients attending a dental school clinic...
  40. Serra Negra J, Paiva S, Oliveira M, Ferreira E, Freire Maia F, Pordeus I. Self-reported dental fear among dental students and their patients. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2012;9:44-54 pubmed publisher
    ..6). Patients were more prone to dental fear (OR: 2.2; 95%CI: 1.0-5.0). Although at different percentages, both students and patients experienced dental fear. Current patient with previous experience of dental pain had more dental fear. ..
  41. Singer R, Cardenas G, Xavier J, Jeanty Y, Pereyra M, Rodriguez A, et al. Dental anxiety and the use of oral health services among people attending two HIV primary care clinics in Miami. Public Health Rep. 2012;127 Suppl 2:36-44 pubmed
    We examined factors associated with dental anxiety among a sample of HIV primary care patients and investigated the independent association of dental anxiety with oral health care...
  42. Porritt J, Buchanan H, Hall M, Gilchrist F, Marshman Z. Assessing children's dental anxiety: a systematic review of current measures. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2013;41:130-42 pubmed publisher
    The reliable assessment of children's dental anxiety can have many benefits for the dental team, service providers and dental public health practitioners...
  43. Naidu R, Lalwah S. Dental anxiety in a sample of West Indian adults. West Indian Med J. 2010;59:567-72 pubmed
    The aim of this study was to investigate the level of dental anxiety and its possible causes among people in Trinidad and Tobago...
  44. Humphris G, King K. The prevalence of dental anxiety across previous distressing experiences. J Anxiety Disord. 2011;25:232-6 pubmed publisher
    To compare the prevalence of high dental anxiety across a variety of past distressing experiences with a previously reported Dutch sample...
  45. Crocombe L, Broadbent J, Thomson W, Brennan D, Slade G, Poulton R. Dental visiting trajectory patterns and their antecedents. J Public Health Dent. 2011;71:23-31 pubmed publisher
    ..9%), and routine attenders (30.9%). Bivariate analyses showed low SES in childhood, male sex, and dental anxiety to be associated with membership of the "opportunist" dental visiting trajectory...
  46. Armfield J. Towards a better understanding of dental anxiety and fear: cognitions vs. experiences. Eur J Oral Sci. 2010;118:259-64 pubmed publisher
    Traumatic dental experiences are associated with dental anxiety and fear. However, many people with no dental fear have had negative dental experiences, and some people with considerable fear fail to recall any traumatic incidents...
  47. Milgrom P, Newton J, Boyle C, Heaton L, Donaldson N. The effects of dental anxiety and irregular attendance on referral for dental treatment under sedation within the National Health Service in London. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2010;38:453-9 pubmed publisher
    To investigate whether the relationship between dental anxiety and referral for treatment under sedation is explained by attendance patterns and oral health...
  48. Facco E, Zanette G, Manani G. Italian version of Corah's Dental Anxiety Scale: normative data in patients undergoing oral surgery and relationship with the ASA physical status classification. Anesth Prog. 2008;55:109-15 pubmed publisher
    To test the Italian translation of Corah's Dental Anxiety Scale (DAS) and to check the relationship between dental anxiety and the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) physical status classification (ASA-PS), the DAS was translated ..
  49. Vermaire J, de Jongh A, Aartman I. Dental anxiety and quality of life: the effect of dental treatment. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2008;36:409-16 pubmed
    The aim of the present study was to determine the association between dental anxiety and quality of life (QoL) and to test the hypothesis that treatment of highly anxious patients would significantly enhance QoL...
  50. Halonen H, Salo T, Hakko H, Räsänen P. Association of dental anxiety to personality traits in a general population sample of Finnish University students. Acta Odontol Scand. 2012;70:96-100 pubmed publisher
    To estimate the association between personality and dental anxiety among Finnish University students...
  51. Armfield J, Slade G, Spencer A. Dental fear and adult oral health in Australia. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2009;37:220-30 pubmed publisher
    ..That people with higher dental fear have significantly more caries experience underlines the importance of identifying and then reducing dental fear as important steps in improving adult oral health. ..
  52. McGrath C, Bedi R. The association between dental anxiety and oral health-related quality of life in Britain. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2004;32:67-72 pubmed
    The aim of this study was to identify associations between level of dental anxiety and the impact of oral health on quality of life (OHQOL) in Britain, controlling for sociodemographic and oral health status (self-reported) factors...
  53. Acharya S. Factors affecting dental anxiety and beliefs in an Indian population. J Oral Rehabil. 2008;35:259-67 pubmed publisher
    The purpose of this study was to describe the possible factors that may affect dental anxiety and beliefs and to validate and test the psychometric properties of the Modified Dental Anxiety Scale (MDAS) and a Modified Dental Beliefs Scale ..