An Epidemiologic Study on the Anxiety Level of Dental Ouppatients in Response to Dental Procedure

치과치료에 따른 외래환자의 불안도 수준에 관한 역학적 연구

  • Hyun-Koo Kang (Dept. of Oral Diagnosis, School of Dentistry, Pusan National University) ;
  • Myung-Yun Ko (Dept. of Oral Diagnosis, School of Dentistry, Pusan National University)
  • Published : 1992.06.01


Fear at the dental treatment is a problem not only for patient but for dentist as well, because the anxious patient often require more item, even for simple procedures. The anxiety level in response to dental procedures was evaluated through a simple questionnaire, Corahs, DAS. 783 female and 790 male outpatients were studied at the Dept. of Oral Diagnosis, PNUH from 1988 to 1989. The obtained results were as follows : 1. The anxiety level in female was significantly higher than that in male, and patients in 10s and 30s showed more anxious than those in other groups. 2. Housewives and pupils revealed higher level of anxiety. 3. The anxiety level in 524 (ICD) was the highest in all diseases, inspite of no difference among various diseases. 4. There was significantly higher level of anxiety in the patient of Orthodontics and Pedodontics than those of other departments. 5. There was no difference in anxiety level between acute and chronic group. 6. Dental phobes were more in female than in male.