Journal of the Korean Academy of Pediatric Dentistry 2007;34(3):390-397.
Published online August 31, 2007.
DENTAL ANXIETY OF SECOND GRADE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILDREN PROJECTED IN THE DRAWING OF DENTAL TREATMENT SITUATION
Yun-Hee Kim, Kwang-Hee Lee, Ji-Young Ra, Dong-Jin Lee
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, College of Dentistry, Wonkwang University 
Correspondence:  Kwang-Hee Lee,  Tel: 063-859-2955, Email: kwhlee@wonkwang.ac.kr
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to observe dental anxiety of second grade elementary school children projected in the drawing of dental treatment situation. The subjects of study were 213 school children. Questionnaire survey was done regarding their experience of pain and fear during the dental treatment and children's attitude toward the dental treatment and dentist. Drawings were analyzed using criteria modified from Dental Anxiety Scale(DAS) by Sheskin et al. The mean anxiety score was 2.00 and the range was from 0 to 6. The mean anxiety score was 2.82 in untreated children and 1.92 in treated children (P<0.05). The mean anxiety score was 2.00 in boys and 1.99 in girls. The rates of children who showed severe fear and pain of the subjects were 8.2% and 5.6%. The rates of children who showed slightly or definitely negative attitude for dental treatment and dentists of the subjects were 19.9% and 4.6%.
Key Words: Dental anxiety, Children, Drawing


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