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Journal of Basic and Clinical Health Sciences 2020 , Vol 4 , Issue 2
Evaluation of Dental Anxiety Before Oral Surgery in Epileptic Patients
Yeliz Kılınç1,Sara Samur Ergüven2,Figen Çizmeci Şenel3,Serpil Karaoğlanoğlu4
1Gazi University Faculty of Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Ankara, Turkey
275th Yıl Oral and Dental Health Hospital, Oral Surgery Clinic, Ankara, Turkey
3Ministry of Health, Health Institutes of Turkey (TUSEB), Ankara, Turkey
4University of Health Sciences, Gülhane Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Ankara, Turkey
DOI : 10.30621/jbachs.2020.844 Purpose: This study aimed to assess dental anxiety levels, thereby identifying factors which may contribute to dental anxiety in epileptic patients undergoing oral surgery procedures.

Methods: Questionnaires were handed out to 85 epileptic patients before the planned oral surgery procedures. The assessment of dental anxiety levels was carried out with Modified Dental Anxiety Scale (MDAS) and questions regarding dental anxiety. The cut-off point ≥19 was accepted as highly anxious. Data including the patients" demographic variables were also recorded and the results were analyzed by means of Mann-Whitney U and Chi-square tests.

Results: Of 85 patients included, a rate of 17.6% (n=15) was indicated as having high dental anxiety levels. Dental anxiety had no correlation with age, age of onset, educational level, type of epilepsy, frequency of seizures, antiepileptic drug use, previous history of oral surgery, previous traumatic dental experience and the number of missing teeth (p>0.05). However, gender (p<0.01) and the type of oral surgery operation (impacted third molar extraction) (p<0.05) were significantly related to dental anxiety.

Conclusion: Results of the present study showed that dental anxiety before oral surgery procedures in epileptic patients is prevalent despite technical, pharmacological and surgical advances in dentistry. Implementation of anxiety identification/reducing procedures aims to increase patient comfort and optimize surgical circumstances for that kind of special patient group that could be of great importance. Keywords : Dental anxiety; epilepsy; oral surgery