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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 4530-4535

Evaluating factors associated with fear and anxiety to dental treatment—A systematic review


1 Postgraduate Resident, Advance Education General Dentistry and Dental Public Health, Riyadh Elm University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Programe Director, Dental Public Health, Riyadh Elm University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 Prosthodontics, Vice Rector Riyadh Elm University, for Post Graduate & Scientific Research, President of Saudi Prosthodontics Society, Chairman of the Scientific Board in Restorative Dentistry, SCHS, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Dr. Muhannad H Murad
Postgraduate Resident, Advance Education General Dentistry and Dental Public Health, Riyadh Elm University, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_607_20

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Introduction: Dental anxiety refers to a set of complex psychological issues bearing a significant impact in individual's lives reflecting in the form of dental visit avoidance, poor dental health status and decreases oral health related quality of life. Hence, it is imperative to consider those factors associated with dental anxiety so as to treat and promote better oral health. The review aimed to assess various factors associated with dental fear and anxiety. Materials and Methods: Literature search was done from Pubmed and Google scholar search engines to identify publications which explored factors associated with dental fear and anxiety. Results: Research evidence pointed a significant relationship of age, gender, maternal anxiety, previous dental experience, and number of siblings with dental fear and anxiety (DFA). Conclusion: Findings of the review clearly suggest that a better understanding of factors causing dental anxiety and phobia will help preventing dental avoidance and providing better care.


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