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Background: Pediatric dental patients experiencing unidentified fear and anxiety towards dental care is considered as one of the most anticipatory and prevalent dental health concern. Parents especially mothers are known to transmit their inherent assumptions and concerned fear with regards to dental care to their wards. Hence this maternal influence is determined to have considerable effect on child’s behavior in the dental clinical setting.
Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted in the department to determine the influence of maternal anxiety on their children during their subsequent visit to dental clinics. Hundred and Twenty subjects were identified along with their mothers and were recruited for the study. They were then provided with the Modified Dental Anxiety Scale Questionnaire (MDAS) and both the mothers and child’s physiologic parameters were recorded during each visit. In a similar manner the child’s level of anxiety were recorded using the Raghavendra, Madhuri, Sujata (RMS) Pictorial Scale (RMS-PS) along with their physiologic parameters.
Results: The obtained figures definitely suggests a clear association (P <0.05) between the recorded scores (MDAS and RMS-PS) and measured variables (blood pressure and heart rate) of mothers and wards. There existed no significant variation with regard to oxygen saturation of both mothers and wards.
Conclusion: The anxiety levels pertinently persisting among mothers have a substantial association’ with the child”s level of anxiety and fear in dental environment
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