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Mar 1, 2019

27th European Congress of Psychiatry

06 - THE EFFECT OF ANXIETY ON DENTAL FEAR IN ADULT DENTAL PATIENTS IN GREECE

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anxiety

dental fear

dental phobia

STAI

adult dental patients

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anxiety

dental fear

dental phobia

STAI

adult dental patients

Abstract

Background and Aims: The aim of this study was to analyze the effect of anxiety on dental fear in adult dental patients. Methods: This is a Descriptive correlational study and its design was Cross – Sectional Study or Time. On a six month research 114 adult dental patients (58 with exacerbation of the clinical picture of periodontal disease and 56 with good dental hygiene) filled in a questionnaire consisted of three parts: a) a form with individual characteristics, b) the MDAS and c) the STAI of Spielberger. The study took place in a private dental office in Larissa (Greece). Results: There is a relationship between stress and dental fear. The results from STAI shows that an increase in total anxiety by one unit caused an increase in total dental fear by 0,048 units (p = 0,011), in transient anxiety by 0,083 (p = 0,011) while permanent anxiety was not statistically significant. Conclusions: Stress and dental fear are interrelated, creating problems for both the health and daily routine of patients. The dental team must be able to understand psychological signs and be in constant co-operation with other health professionals to reduce anxiety and dental fear so as to increase the vital level of patients as well as to promote public health.

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