Current Problems of Psychiatry

Current Problems of Psychiatry

Dental anxiety – causes, characteristics and occurrence in the Polish population

Lęk dentystyczny – przyczyny, charakterystyka i występowanie w populacji polskiej

Curr Probl Psychiatry 2016; 17(4): 275-281
DOI: 10.1515/cpp-2016-0027
© 2016 Medical University of Lublin. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonComercial-No Derivs licence (

Joanna Rosiak, Jolanta Szymańska

Chair and Department of Pedodontics, Medical University of Lublin, Poland


The present paper discusses the problem of dental anxiety. Based on the scientific review of Polish literature of the past 10 years, there are discussed causes of dental anxiety in different age groups and the methods of assessing the level of anxiety – physiological, behavioral, projection and psychological. Dental anxiety affects the patients’ attitude towards their own health, confidence in dentist, the frequency of reporting to the dental prophylaxis and treatment, which translates into oral health. It is also a major impediment to everyday clinical practice of a dentist.



dental anxiety/fear, tests, treatment, dentist-patient relations


Słowa kluczowe

lęk dentystyczny, metody oceny, leczenie, relacje dentysta-pacjent


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