The relationship between anxiety and dental treatment: field research




Fear; Anxiety; Dental treatment.


Objective: This study aimed to identify the main factors responsible for triggering anxiety in patients undergoing dental care at a dental school. Methodology: a total of 87participants (aged 18-70 years) were included in this study after their authorization through an Informed Consent Form. A questionnaire was used to assess anxiety regarding dental treatment. This work was carried out in the integrated clinic of the National Institute of Higher Education and Post-graduation Priest Gervásio “INAPÓS” after approval by the Ethics Committee for Research involving Human Beings at the University of Campinas (N. 4,989,109). The data obtained were presented in percentage. Results: Of the 87 volunteers, 28.7% reported being afraid of the dentist, and the needle (22.4%) and fear of feeling pain (32.7%) were the main factors identified as responsible for triggering anxiety during the dental appointment; 27.5% have already experienced some negative experience in the dental office and 14% have interrupted the treatment, even in urgent cases, out of fear. The survey participants were asked, among some options, which would provide them with a calmer service and the most mentioned were: knowing the procedure before it is performed (61.7%) and listening to music during the consultation (27.6%). About waiting for care and how they are approached upon arrival at the office, 34.4% and 49.4% of patients reported an increase in anxiety, respectively. Regarding the posture of the dental surgeon, 28.7% thought it had a great influence on anxiety regarding dental treatment and on the PPE used by dental surgeons, 50.5% of respondents felt comfortable and safe with their use. Conclusion: Through the analysis of the results obtained, it can be observed that the fear of the dentist exists and the factors responsible for triggering this insecurity start from the moment of scheduling the appointment.


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SILVA, A. F. M. da .; HASNA, A. A. .; BRIDI, E. C. .; CUNHA, T. C. R. da .; SILVA, B. G. . The relationship between anxiety and dental treatment: field research. Research, Society and Development, [S. l.], v. 10, n. 14, p. e142101421902, 2021. DOI: 10.33448/rsd-v10i14.21902. Disponível em: Acesso em: 17 jun. 2024.



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