International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Review Papers | Dentistry | India | Volume 11 Issue 12, December 2022

Anxiety Rating Scales in Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Souvik Kar | Dr. P V Samir | Dr. Anwesha Pattanaik

Abstract: In the world of pediatric dentistry, it is very crucial to treat children positively throughout their dental experience and encourage positive dental attitude in order to improve their dental wellness. Child dental anxiety is more complicated in comparison to other age groups who are associated with dental challenges because children are more vulnerable and unable to express their feelings appropriately. Henceforth, it is very crucial to identify the distress or anxiety related behavior among the children in the earliest duration. The review comprehensively explores the anxiety and related symptoms previously felt by the children before visiting the dental clinic. These prior identifying measures are "subjective and objective measures". Subjective measures are also known as self-reporting rating scale which by using pictorial and language assistance determines the prior dental anxiety. Some of the measures that come under subjective domains are pediatric "Corah's Dental Anxiety scale, Modified Dental Anxiety scale, Venham Picture scale, Children's Fear Survey Schedule-Dental Subscale and others. On the other hand, objective measures are the indicator that identify the fear, uneasiness through pulse rate and other techniques such as "Heart rate, Blood Pressure (systolic and diastolic), Oxygen saturation (SpO2)". These are the physiological measures which are identified separately for every child. The review provides a keen and comparative analysis of various self-reported scales applied to investigate prior DA. Moreover, the study also suggests some measures needed to assure hassle free dentistry therapy acquired by the children without having fear or distress such as enhancing awareness by motivational and educational campaigns, and proper behavior management.

Keywords: Pediatric dental anxiety, Subjective and Objective measures, Anxiety rating scales in Pediatric dentistry

Edition: Volume 11 Issue 12, December 2022,

Pages: 602 - 608

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Dr. Souvik Kar, Dr. P V Samir, Dr. Anwesha Pattanaik, "Anxiety Rating Scales in Pediatric Dentistry", International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR), Volume 11 Issue 12, December 2022, pp. 602-608,

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