DENTAL ANXIETY AMONG GENERAL POPULATION OF SHEIKHUPURA
Study was done to identify and measure dental anxiety among general population visiting OPD of Faryal dental hospital, District Sheikhupura.
An observational cross sectional study was conducted at Faryal dental hospital, from: Sept, 2016 to Aug 2018. A total of 241 adults were recruited or invited to participate in this study. The venue was the OPD of Faryal dental hospital. The exclusion criteria included all children below 6 years of age or / and respondents who denied participation or unwilling, whereas adults of both gender visiting OPD with any of the dental problems were included in this study. The participants underwent faceto- face interview. A well-tested Modified Dental Anxiety (MDAS) scale was used to measure the dental anxiety scores in our study.
The mean age of the participants was 26.50±11.93. Subjected included a total of 133(55.18%) males and 108(44.81%) females. Out of these, 62(25.72%) were married, 171(70.95%) were unmarried and 1(0.41%) were having complicated status. The mean MDAS score of study subjects was 11.68±4.07. Dental anxiety was highly prevalent among our study subjects and majority of the individuals were having moderate DA level.
Based on these study findings, it is concluded that dental anxiety (DA) is highly prevalent among population of Sheikhupura and especially the moderate category.