Management of dental anxiety – a cross-sectional survey in private dental practices in the Swiss Romandy

Jevean, Patrick; Ramseier, Christoph A. (2020). Management of dental anxiety – a cross-sectional survey in private dental practices in the Swiss Romandy. Swiss dental journal(4), pp. 308-320. Schweizerische Zahnärzte-Gesellschaft SSO

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The main aim of the present study was to gain a better understanding of the management of dental anxiety reported by dental practitioners in western Switzerland. In 2013, an 18-item electronic questionnaire was sent to dental practitioners in the Swiss Romandy. A total of 140 (18.6%) questionnaires were included in the analysis. About four out of five practitioners (79.4%) involved with dental emergency service had at least one occurrence with dental phobic patients. The majority of the respondents stated that both dental anxiety and dental phobia increases stress in the dental practice with frequencies of 90.0% and 88.5%, respectively. Among the 119 respondents using anxiety reduction methods (85.0%), an overall of 51 (42.9%) reported using pharmacological methods while 89.9% (n = 107) used psychological methods. Female dentists were using psychological anxiety reduction methods three times more frequently than male dentists reaching borderline statistical significance (OR = 3.0, p = 0.0591). Out of 140 respondents, only 28 (20.1%) received education and training in dental anxiety reduction methods. The majority of these (66.4%; n = 83) stated that their education was inadequate and 55.8% (n = 77) requested further education and training. It can be concluded that more education and training of dental anxiety reduction methods are needed.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > School of Dental Medicine > Department of Periodontology

UniBE Contributor:

Ramseier, Christoph Andreas


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Schweizerische Zahnärzte-Gesellschaft SSO




Doris Burri

Date Deposited:

21 Dec 2020 14:38

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:42

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Dental fear Dental anxiety Anxiety management Dental practice




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