Afnan A Nassar

Department of Preventive Dentistry, Division of Public Health, Umm Al-Qura University, Saudi Arabia

Publications

  • Research   
    Fear and Anxiety in Patients Seeking Dental Care in the Makkah Region of Saudi Arabia
    Author(s): Afnan A Nassar*, Shahad A Rawah, Rahaf A Hariri, Manal A Bakhsh and Lojain J Bassyoni

    Introduction: Anxiety toward dental procedures is a challenge to manage and causes patients to avoid dental treatment. Aim: to identify factors influencing dental fear and anxiety (DFA) and investigate factors reducing DFA among Saudi adult patients in the Makkah region of Saudi Arabia. Methods: Electronic surveys were sent to patients aged 18 years and older. The questionnaire was composed of five sections related to patients’ demographics, fear levels of different dental procedures, factors that may reduce fear and a DASS-21 scale to estimate the DFA score. A chi-square test was performed to compare DFA levels of patients in terms of age, sex, and education level. Results: Of 631 respondents, 77.3% were females (n=143) and 22.7% were males (n=143). The mean age of the participants was 33 years (SD ± 13.78). The participants reported tooth extraction to be the most fearf.. Read More»

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