Dental anxiety among israeli children and adolescents in a dental clinic waiting room

Benjamin Peretz*, Johnny Kharouba

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate dental anxiety among children and adolescents using self-reported questionnaires. Methods: One hundred thirty 7- to 18-year-old patients (mean age=11.37±2.84) who attended a clinic were asked to complete the Dental Anxiety Scale (DAS) and the Dental Fear Survey (DFS) in the waiting room. Results: Females demonstrated higher dental anxiety than males. Higher anxiety was observed among patients who had their last dental visit over a year prior to the current visit and among patients who expected operative procedures. Extraction was the most anxiety-producing item. While in the dental chair, teeth cleaning produced significantly more anxiety than restoration. A significant correlation existed between the DAS and the DFS. Conclusions: Pediatric dentists can expect high dental anxiety among: females; patients who wait long periods between visits; and patients expecting operative procedures. Teeth cleaning should not be considered an absolutely non-anxiety producing procedure for the patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-256
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric Dentistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2013


  • Adolescents
  • Children
  • Dental anxiety


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