What is it about?

Dental anxiety is one of the main reasons people skip their dental visits. The objective of the study was to develop a Dental Anxiety Provoking Scale (DAPS) that measures the degree to which anxiety was provoked by dental stimuli and to identify the underlying factor structure of the DAPS.

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Why is it important?

Understanding how people react to dental care and treatment is important. The study demonstrates that people's perceptions toward dental anixety are normally shaped by their past experience. Specificially, three factors, namely surgery, environment, and dental check-up, were found to have significant effects on dental anxiety. The findings of the study contribute to continuous improvement of dental practice.


Dental anxiety is closely related to one's past experience in dental clinics. However, little is known about what clinical, environmental, and psychological aspects provoke anxiety in dental patients. The study adopted a user-dominant perspective and explored whether and how situational and psychological aspects induce dental anxiety.

Professor W.M. To
Macao Polytechnic University

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This page is a summary of: Development of a Dental Anxiety Provoking Scale: A pilot study in Hong Kong, Journal of Dental Sciences, September 2015, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.jds.2014.09.003.
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