Vol. 4, Issue 3 (2018)
Prevalence of dental anxiety among medical and dental undergraduates in Gassim University
Author(s): Abeer Al-Towayan, Dr. Khadiga H Osman
Abstract: Objective: To assess the prevalence and level of dental anxiety among medical and dental undergraduates enrolled at Qassim University. Material and Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted in which the Modified Corah Dental Anxiety Scale was used to measure the dental anxiety among the study population. Eight hundred and two subjects were recruited into the study from Qassim undergraduates of Medical and Dental colleges. Results: Five hundred and twelve complete questionnaires were returned, which accounts for a response rate of 66.7% %. About 88.5% of the medical students has scored 19 or more. Dental students had the lowest percentage of those who scored 19 or more. Although males demonstrated higher total dental anxiety scores than females, there was no statistically significant difference. The students were anxious mostly about tooth drilling and scaling. Conclusion: Dental anxiety is a common difficulty encountered among medical and dental students who represent future health care professionals. Also, high level of dental anxiety leads to turn away from the dental treatment.