27/08/2009

The modified dental anxiety scale

The modified dental anxiety scale (MDAS) contains 5 multiple-choice items including the followings:

 

1)  If you went to your dentist for treatment tomorrow, how would you feel?

 

2)  If you were sitting in the waiting room, how would you feel?

 

3)  If you were about to have a tooth drilled, how would you feel?

 

4)  If you were about to have your teeth scaled and polished, how would you feel?

 

5)  If you were about to have a local anesthetic injection in your gum, how would you feel?

 

The scores for each of the 5 item responses were summed up to give an estimated value of dental anxiety.