DENTAL FEAR ASSESSMENT AMONG PATIENTS: A SURVEY STUDY OF A GROUP OF INDIAN DENTAL PATIENTS
Ruchita Singh, Dhara Shah, Vedanti Tirpude, Vinita Ved and Gabriela Fernandes*
Aim: The aim of this study is to better understand the dental fear and anxiety which is a major cause of irregular
dental visit. Thus helping dentist all over to identify the stimuli and provide necessary care to the individual.
Method: A survey was used to collect data from 100 individuals undergoing dental treatment in an Indian
subpopulation via the means of electronic mail and social media. Result: The results revealed that the most fear
provoking stimuli were the instruments used and the drilling machine (airotar) used by dentist. Conclusion: Once
identified, dentist can use various methods to eliminate that fear by explaining, slowly and gradually introducing
the instruments until the fear is eliminated.
Keywords: Dental fear, anxiety, survey study.
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