Parental and Children Anxiety in Paediatric Dental Procedures Under General Anaesthesia

  • Rehana Feroze Combined Military Hospital Lahore Medical College/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Pakistan
  • Aftab Hussain Combined Military Hospital Sargodha/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Pakistan
  • Muhammad Tariq Combined Military Hospital Lahore Medical College/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Pakistan
  • Abdul Wasay Toor Combined Military Hospital Lahore Medical College/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Pakistan
Keywords: Dental caries, Peadiatric anesthesia, Paediatric dentistry, Pre-operative Anxiety

Abstract

Objective: To determine factors responsible for anxiety in children and parents undergoing dental procedures under general anaesthesia.

Study Design: Cross-sectional study.

Place and Duration of Study: Department of Anaesthesia, CMH Lahore Medical College, from Sep 2019 to Feb 2020.

Methodology: Ninety-one children aged between 3 to 10 years were included in this study. Parental anxiety was assessed using a visual analogue scale-anxiety before induction of anaesthesia, and child's anxiety was assessed using the modified facial affective scale (3-face) at the time of induction of anaesthesia.

Results: Gender, school-going status and previous exposure to GA were not significant factors in predicting pre-operative anxiety in children with p-values of 0.399, 0.183 and 0.122, respectively. On the other hand, parental anxiety had a very strong impact on children pre-operative anxiety (p-value ˂ 0.001), suggesting that children of anxious parents had high pre-operative anxiety. Moreover, the personality of child also had statistical significance (p-value ˂ 0.001).

Conclusion: Non-social behavior of the child and the anxiety level of parents are major determinants of pre-operative anxiety in children undergoing dental procedures.

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Published
2022-05-01
How to Cite
Feroze, R., Hussain, A., Tariq, M., & Toor, A. W. (2022). Parental and Children Anxiety in Paediatric Dental Procedures Under General Anaesthesia. Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal (PAFMJ), 72(2), 645-48. https://doi.org/10.51253/pafmj.v72i2.5841
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