A four-part setting on examining the anxiety-provoking capacity of the sound of dental equipment

Hai Ming Wong, Cheuk Ming Mak, Ying Feng Xu

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This paper reports the results of a four-part questionnaire survey to assess the effects of the sound of dental equipment on people's perceptions and dental anxiety levels. The convenience sample for the survey comprised 230 dental students and 230 gender and age matched non-dental university students. The subjects were requested to complete the questionnaires themselves. The results show that the sound of dental equipment has a great influence on dental anxiety. Dental students, who are more familiar with the operation of this equipment, are less prone to anxiety when they hear its sound than their non-dental counterparts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-391
Number of pages7
JournalNoise and Health
Issue number55
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2011


  • Anxiety-provoking stimuli
  • Dental equipment
  • Health
  • Sound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Speech and Hearing

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