Predicting anxiety during dental treatment using patients'self-reports: less is more.

  title={Predicting anxiety during dental treatment using patients'self-reports: less is more.},
  author={Lisa J. Heaton and Charles Rock Carlson and Timothy A Smith and Ruth A. Baer and Reny de Leeuw},
  journal={Journal of the American Dental Association},
  volume={138 2},
          188-95; quiz 248-9
BACKGROUND Self-reported dental fear measures seldom are used in clinical practice to assess patients' fears. This study examined how well dental fear measures predicted anxious behaviors displayed during dental treatment. METHODS One hundred eight adult patients (54 percent female) in a periodontology clinic completed several paper-and-pencil demographic, dental fear and general anxiety measures before treatment. Dental practitioners, blinded to their patients' responses, rated their… CONTINUE READING

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