Prevalence of Dental Anxiety among School-Going Children (9-15 Years) in District South Waziristan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Keywords:Dental anxiety, Prevalence, Dental Fear, Children, Dental Treatment
This study aimed to assess the prevalence of dental anxiety among 9 to 15 years old school-going children in South Waziristan Wana, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
A cross-sectional study was conducted in south Waziristan. A sample size of 300 male and female children ages 9 to 15 were taken through convenient sampling. The data was collected through well-developed questionnaires from different school-going children. Data were analysed through SPSS version 26.0.
40.7% of children had moderate dental anxiety, 37.3% had severe, and 22.0% had mild dental anxiety. Before dental treatment, 46.7% of children reported that the cause of dental anxiety was fear of pain, whereas, after the dental treatment, the extraction (45.7%) caused dental anxiety. Children reported high dental anxiety during the dental treatment.
Dental anxiety was high among 9 to 15 years school students in Waziristan.
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