Influencing factors of paediatric dental anxiety levels in an undergraduate dental clinic

N. A. Mahiepala, V. L. Phan, K. D. Kieu, J. P.L. Koppen, B. H. Hussain, B. Huang

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Aim: To examine the nature of dental anxiety in paediatric patients, and to identify factors relevant to paediatric dental anxiety in a sample of 5 to 17 yearold children residing in Cairns, Australia. Materials and methods: A convenient sample of 125 children, their parents and corresponding student practitioners were selected. Each was assessed with questionnaires. Results: A higher level of dental anxiety was seen in children who were subject to radiographic examination as part of their treatment (b=0.462; p=0.012). Similarly, children of Asian ethnicity showed higher dental anxiety levels than their Caucasian counterparts (b=1.187; p=0.010). Finally, the childrens' overall dental anxiety levels decreased after being treated by student practitioners (t=2.311;df=124; p=0.022). Conclusion: Children experienced greater anxiety before receiving dental treatment than after. Treatment involving radiographic examination exacerbated dental anxiety and children of Asian descent were more anxious prior to receiving treatment. Further investigation is indicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-162
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean journal of paediatric dentistry : official journal of European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Dental anxiety
  • Paediatric patient
  • Radiographic examination
  • Student practitioner
  • Undergraduate clinic


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