Clinical Estimation of Dental Anxiety

Overview

Introduction: Dental anxiety (DA) is treatable and preventable when dental personnel correctly estimate the patient's level of DA. Objective: To evaluate dental personnel's ability to estimate DA.

Study Type

  • Study Type: Observational
  • Study Design
    • Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
  • Study Primary Completion Date: December 20, 2017

Detailed Description

Method: All public dental clinics in the region of Östergötland, Sweden, were asked to consecutively recruit adult patients returning for their annual examination. The patient rated DA using the Modified Dental Anxiety Scale (MDAS) and a Visual Analogue Scale of dental anxiety (DA-VAS). The patient also recorded gender, age, level of education and confidence in handling DA. After the examination, the dental personnel estimated the patient's level of DA (eDA) on a VAS. The examiner also recorded gender, age, profession, years of experience, country of education, interest in DA, special education concerning DA and confidence in ability to handle DA.

Interventions

  • Diagnostic Test: Estimated level of DA
    • the dental personnel estimated the patient’s level of DA (eDA) on a 100mm VAS
  • Diagnostic Test: MDAS
    • The patient rated their DA using the Modified Dental Anxiety Scale (MDAS)

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • Patients
    • All public dental clinics in the region of Östergötland, Sweden, were asked to consecutively recruit adult patients returning for their annual examination
  • Dental personnel
    • All public dental clinics in the region of Östergötland, Sweden were contacted and asked to participate in the study

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • Estimated Dental anxiety on a 100mm VAS vs MDAS
    • Time Frame: through study completion, 2 weeks/clinic and a total of aproximatly 6 months
    • The dental personnel’s Clinical estimation of how dentally anxious their patient are (where 0mm represent minimal and 100mm maximal.) compared to the patients one rating of dental anxiety(Measured whit the Modified Dental Anxiety Scale(MDAS) where 5 is minimal and 25 maximal) .

Secondary Measures

  • The patients Dental Anxiety, measured whit the “Modified Dental Anxiety Scale”(MDAS)
    • Time Frame: through study completion, 2 weeks/clinic and a total of approximately 6 months
    • The Patients own ration of how dentally anxious they are. Measured whit the Modified Dental Anxiety Scale(MDAS) where 5 is minimal and 25 maximal

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

Adult patients returning for their annual examination on a public dental clinics in the region of Östergötland, Sweden during a two week period.

Exclusion Criteria

inability to fill in the questionnaire

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: N/A

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • Karolinska Institutet
  • Collaborator
    • Ostergotland County Council, Sweden
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Principal Investigator: Markus Höglund, PHD-student, specialist in orofacial medicin, Doctor of Dental Surgery – Karolinska Institutet
  • Overall Official(s)
    • Mats Bågesund, Lecturer, Study Director, Linköpings University, Sweden.

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