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ORIGINAL ARTICLES
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 130-133

Nature and prevalence of needle phobia among dental college patients


1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Amargadh, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India
2 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Amargadh, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India
3 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia

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Fareedi Mukram Ali
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Amargadh, Bhavnagar, Gujarat
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2348-2915.169826

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Background: The extent of the needle phobia and its effect on the patients in the community is the topic which still remains largely unexplored. The presence of needle phobia may influence the future dental treatment by the patient. Thus, the present study was planned to check the nature and prevalence of needle phobia among dental college patients. Materials and Methods: The study was carried with the help of 16 questionnaires specially formulated for the present study. The study included 343 patients came to the outpatient department of the dental college, and the observation was recorded and analyzed. Results: Most of the male and female participants had the experience of the needle phobia due to the experience shared by parents, friends, or relatives in their previous life. Due to needle phobia the most of the patient becomes somewhat anxious, and needle phobia had little impact on the life of the patients. According to our study, 13.3% of male participants and 14.6% of the female participants had avoided dental treatment due to fear of needles. Conclusion: The procedure of needle injection is a routine procedure in the dental clinics and hospitals for giving anesthesia to the patient. Therefore, these types of studies calculating the prevalence of needle phobia help to know about the view of the patient and ultimately the community toward the needle phobia. Hence that necessary steps can be taken.


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