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International Journal of Dentistry
Volume 2013, Article ID 647436, 5 pages
Research Article

Anxiety due to Dental Treatment and Procedures among University Students and Its Correlation with Their Gender and Field of Study

1Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Al-Jouf University, Sakaka 42421, Saudi Arabia
2Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry, Al-Jouf University, Sakaka 42421, Saudi Arabia
3Department of Orthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Al-Jouf University, Sakaka 42421, Saudi Arabia
4Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Jordan, Amman 11942, Jordan

Received 4 February 2013; Accepted 18 February 2013

Academic Editor: Osama Abu Hammad

Copyright © 2013 Mohd G. Sghaireen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Aim of Study. To investigate dental anxiety levels among university students and its relation with their specialty and gender. Materials and Methods. 850 undergraduate university students were recruited into the study. The Modified Corah Dental Anxiety Scale (MDAS) was used to measure the levels of their dental anxiety. 700 questionnaires were returned, 390 females and 310 males (response rate of 0.92% among females, 0.73% among males). The MDAS score ranged from 5 to 25. Patients were considered to suffer from high dental anxiety if they scored 13 to 20 points. Statistical analysis significance was set at . Results. Seven hundred students participated in this study including 13% of medical students, 10% of dental students, 58% of arts students, and 18% of computer science students. Medical and dental students were less anxious than arts and computer science students ( ). Local anesthesia injection was the most fearful dental procedure ( ). Females were more anxious than males ( ). Conclusion. Male students were less anxious than female students. Students from medical background faculties were less anxious than students from nonmedical faculties. Lack of adequate dental health education may result in a higher level of dental anxiety among nonmedical students in Saudi Arabia.