Prevalence of Dental Fear and Anxiety among Orthodontic patients visiting Nobel Medical College

Authors

  • Dr. Anand Acharya Nobel Medical College
  • Dr. Bhushan Bhattarai
  • Dr. Nidhi Giri Nobel Medical College
  • Dr. Jitendra Singh Nobel Medical College
  • Dr. Tarakant Bhagat B.P.Koirala Institute of Health Sciences

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/ojn.v11i1.39040

Keywords:

Dental fear and anxiety, Nobel Medical College, Orthodontic patients, Prevalence

Abstract

Introduction: Anxiety is the state of feeling nervous or worried that something bad is going to happen. Dental anxiety is defined as a patient’s response to stress that is associated with a dental procedure. The aim of our study is to investigate the anxiety status of dental patients visiting Orthodontic department at Nobel Medical College Teaching Hospital, Biratnagar.

Materials and Method: Total 80 ongoing orthodontic patients (M =21 F=59) who completed modified Dental Anxiety Scale questionnaire were included in the study.

Result: Majority of patients (65%) had moderate anxiety where as 25% had mild anxiety and around 9% had severe to extreme anxiety. Patients’ age and education level had significant association with the level of dental anxiety.

Conclusion: Dental anxiety in orthodontic patients is unavoidable but needs appropriate counseling. Orthodontist’s role is crucial in bridging the gap between patients’ perception towards orthodontic treatment and the actual treatment.

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Author Biographies

Dr. Anand Acharya, Nobel Medical College

Department of Orthodontics, Assistant Professor

Dr. Nidhi Giri, Nobel Medical College

Department of Orthodontics, Lecturer

Dr. Jitendra Singh, Nobel Medical College

Department of Orthodontics, Associate Professor

Dr. Tarakant Bhagat, B.P.Koirala Institute of Health Sciences

Department of Community Dentistry, Associate Professor

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Published

2021-08-16

How to Cite

Acharya, A. ., Bhattarai, B. ., Giri, N. ., Singh, J. ., & Bhagat, T. (2021). Prevalence of Dental Fear and Anxiety among Orthodontic patients visiting Nobel Medical College. Orthodontic Journal of Nepal, 11(1), 3–6. https://doi.org/10.3126/ojn.v11i1.39040

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