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European Endodontic Journal Factors Influencing Pain and Anxiety Before Endodontic Treatment: A Cross-Sectional Study Amongst American Individuals []
. 2020; 5(3): 199-204 | DOI: 10.14744/eej.2020.17363

Factors Influencing Pain and Anxiety Before Endodontic Treatment: A Cross-Sectional Study Amongst American Individuals

Riyadh Alroomy1, Dana Kim2, Robert Hochberg2, Joshua Chubak2, Paul Rosenberg2, Matthew Malek2
1Department of Restorative Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, Majmaah University, Al-Majmaah, Saudi Arabia
2Department of Endodontics, New York University College of Dentistry, New York, United States

Objective: The present study aimed to assess preoperative levels of patient anxiety and pain before root canal treatment, and to explore variables that may affect these levels.
Methods: Ninety-five patients presenting for an endodontic visit were recruited for the study. A questionnaire was administered. Visual analog scales were used to record levels of pain and anxiety. Data was tabulated, and analysis was performed using the Pearson Chi-Squire test with continuity correction, and the level of significance was set at 0.05 (P=0.05).
Results: Anxiety was detected more frequently in females (60%) than in males (33%) (P=0.016). Sixty-two percent of patients who were waiting for a new treatment were anxious, compared to 39% of those who were returning to continue treatment (P=0.049). Sixty-nine percent of patients in pain reported being anxious (P=0.015). Patients aged 18–30 years reported more pain than those older than 30 years (P=0.023). Forty-three percent of new patients reported being in pain, whereas only 20% of patients returning for a treatment reported pain (P=0.027).
Conclusion: Anxiety associated with root canal treatment is prevalent, and it was reported primarily by young females who were presenting for a new treatment. Pain and anxiety are highly inter-related, and they are usually reduced after the first endodontic session. ( EEJ-2020-04-073)

Keywords: Anxiety, endodontics, pain, dental fear

Riyadh Alroomy, Dana Kim, Robert Hochberg, Joshua Chubak, Paul Rosenberg, Matthew Malek. Factors Influencing Pain and Anxiety Before Endodontic Treatment: A Cross-Sectional Study Amongst American Individuals. . 2020; 5(3): 199-204

Corresponding Author: Riyadh Alroomy
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