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06 May 2022: Clinical Research

COVID-19: Another Cause of Dental Anxiety?

Marija Nikolić 1ABCDEF* , Aleksandar Mitić 1ABE , Jelena Petrović 2ABCD , Dragana Dimitrijević 2ABCD , Jelena Popović 1ABDE , Radomir Barac 1ABE , Ana Todorović 3ABE

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.936535

Med Sci Monit 2022; 28:e936535

Table 1 The questions included in the questionnaire.

 Q1. How old are you?
 Q2. What is your gender?
 Q3. How would you evaluate the level of your fear of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic?
 Q4. Have you recovered from COVID-19?
 Q5. Have you been vaccinated against COVID-19?
 Q6. I have reduced my activities during the pandemic to a minimum (work/school/college/shopping, etc.).
 Q7. What is your evaluation of the current epidemiological situation?
 Q8. How would you evaluate your level of information about COVID-19 and the current state of the pandemic?
 Q9. How would you evaluate the level of your dental fear unrelated to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic?
 Q10. I am afraid that I could contract some other disease in a dental office (other than COVID-19).
 Q11. In a dental office I feel a distressing sense of powerlessness and loss of control (I cannot move, speak, or terminate the intervention when I would like to).
 Q12. How would you evaluate the level of your dental fear during the COVID-19 pandemic?
 Q13. I consider a dental office a hotspot for the transmission of COVID-19.
 Q14. I would only go to a dental office during the pandemic in an emergency (urgency).
 Q15. I would cease (or have ceased) ongoing dental treatment due to fear of contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19).
 Q16. Irrespective of the initiation of mass vaccination, and the fact that many people have recovered from the virus and cannot transmit it, I still do not feel completely secure in a dental office.
 Q17. I would feel more secure if I could see the dentist implementing all the preventive measures (disinfecting “in front of me”, with a full set of protective equipment).
 Q18. I would feel more secure if there were no other patients in the waiting room or office except for me.
 Q19. I think it is a good thing that the dentists offer telephone consultations during the pandemic regarding potential dental problems or advice.
 Q20. A waiting room with chairs spaced apart, with disinfectant, with no magazines or people additionally distresses me.
Questions based on 5-point Likert scale ().

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