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Patterns of dental anxiety in children after sequential dental visits.
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PMID:  22122848     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
AIM: To determine whether gradually exposing Brazilian children to the dental environment would decrease their levels of dental anxiety over a 14.5-month period.
STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: The study was carried out on 302 children of both genders, aged 6-7 years old. Dental anxiety was assessed using the Facial Image Scale (FIS) at five time points: 1) before an epidemiological examination; 2) before the first treatment session; 3) before the second treatment session; 4) before the first evaluation session 5) before the second evaluation session.
STATISTICS: ANOVA, Student-t tests and ANCOVA were used to analyse the data.
RESULTS: There was a statistically significant decrease in levels of dental anxiety between time points 1 and 5. Eighty-nine percent of the children with FIS score 1 or 2 at baseline had the same scores at the last time point, whereas 82% of children with FIS score 4 or 5 at baseline had a FIS score of 1 or 2 at the last time point.
CONCLUSION: A gradual exposure of children to the dental environment in sequential dental visits of different natures in a school premise decreased their levels of dental anxiety over a 14.5-month period.
D M de Menezes Abreu; S C Leal; J Mulder; J E Frencken
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European archives of paediatric dentistry : official journal of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1818-6300     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur Arch Paediatr Dent     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-11-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101277157     Medline TA:  Eur Arch Paediatr Dent     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  298-302     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
D.M. de Menezes Abreu. Rua 35 Sul Lote 9 Apto. 1204 - Ed. Del Fiori Solarium, Águas Claras 71931-180 - Brasília/DF, Brazil. Email:
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