Evaluation of the most stressful dental treatment procedures of conservative dentistry among polish dental students

Katarzyna Mocny-Pachońska*, Rafał J. Doniec, Sylwia Wójcik, Szymon Sieciński, Natalia J. Piaseczna, Konrad M. Duraj, Ewaryst J. Tkacz

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Background: Dental schools are considered to be a very stressful environment; the stress levels of dental students are higher than those of the general population. The aim of this study was to assess the level of stress among dental students while performing specific dental procedures. Methods: A survey was conducted among 257 participants. We used an original questionnaire, which consisted of 14 questions assigned to three categories: I—Diagnosis, II—Caries Treatment, and III—Endodontic Treatment. Each participant marked their perceived level of stress during the performed dental treatment procedures. The scale included values of 0–6, where 0 indicates no stress, while 6 indicates high stress. Results: Third-(p = 0.006) and fourth-year (p = 0.009) women were characterized by a higher level of perceived stress during dental procedures related to caries treatment. Caries treatment procedures were the most stressful for 18.3% of third-year students, 4.3% of fourth-year students, and 3.2% of fifth-year students. Furthermore, 63.4% of third-year students, 47.3% of fourth-year students, and 17.2% of fifth-year students indicated that they felt a high level of stress when performing endodontic procedures. Conclusion: Third-and fourth-year female students are characterized by a higher level of stress during caries and endodontic treatment procedures. The most stressful treatments for participants were endodontic treatment procedures.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4448
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 01.05.2021

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