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Table 1 Variables assessed in the study with sample size, percentage, mean total MDAS score and statistical test

From: The prevalence of dental anxiety and its association with pain and other variables among adult patients with irreversible pulpitis

Variables   Number Pecentage Mean total Score Statistical test P-value
Gender Male 61 46.9% 14.08 ± 4.46 t test > 0.05
Female 69 53.1% 14.25 ± 5.04
Age 18-30 years 29 22.3% 13.90 ± 4.59 ANOVA F = 0.943 > 0.05
30-45 years 52 40.0% 14.71 ± 5.04
46-60yearrs 23 17.7% 14.70 ± 5.08
60-70 yrs 26 20.0% 12.92 ± 4.06
Educational level Uneducated 26 20.0% 14.92 ± 5.08 ANOVA F = 0.648 > 0.05
High school 49 37.7% 14.47 ± 4.55
Degree/Diploma 38 29.2% 13.37 ± 4.87
Post graduation 17 13.1% 13.94 ± 4.76
Employment Employed (full-time) 72 55.4% 13.93 ± 5.18 ANOVA F = 0.490 > 0.05
Employed (Part-time) 8 6.2% 14.87 ± 4.97
unemployed 12 9.2% 15.75 ± 4.18
Student 9 6.9% 14.67 ± 2.18
Retired 29 22.3% 13.76 ± 4.51
Self-perceived oral health Good 30 23.1% 13.57 ± 3.86 ANOVA F = 1.163 > 0.05
Average 54 41.5% 13.78 ± 4.82
Poor 46 35.4% 15.02 ± 5.19
Dental experience Yes 85 65.4% 14.51 ± 4.96 t test > 0.05
No 45 34.6% 13.53 ± 4.34
First dental visit < 12 years old 20 23.5% 16.85 ± 4.78 ANOVA F = 2.390 > 0.05
12–18 years old 27 31.8% 14.15 ± 5.25
> 18 years old 30 35.3% 13.17 ± 4.52
unclear 8 9.4% 14.88 ± 4.73
First dental experience Good 19 22.4% 14.89 ± 4.93 ANOVA F = 1.060 > 0.05
Not bad 42 49.4% 13.77 ± 4.69
Bad 24 28.2% 15.57 ± 5.46
Frequency of dental visits Every 3 months 12 14.1% 13.67 ± 3.87 ANOVA F = 0.157 > 0.05
Every 6 months 17 20.0% 14.35. ± 5.72
Every 12 months 30 3.35% 14.67 ± 5.27
Less frequently 26 30.6% 14.81 ± 4.74
Most recent dental experience Good 22 25.9% 12.09 ± 3.96 ANOVA F = 4.122 < 0.05*
Not bad 31 36.5% 14.84 ± 5.05
Bad 32 37.6% 15.84 ± 5.04
The length of time since most recent dental visit Within 3 months 19 22.4% 14.95 ± 5.78 ANOVA F = 0.108 > 0.05
3–12 months 36 42.4% 14.47 ± 5.01
Longer than 12 months 30 35.3% 14.27 ± 4.49
Postponement of dental visit Yes 69 53.1% 15.00 ± 4.72 t test < 0.05
No 61 46.9% 13.23 ± 4.67
Endodontic therapy experience Yes 39 30.0% 14.69 ± 4.69 t test > 0.05
No 91 70.0% 13.95 ± 4.80
Perception of endodontic therapy Good 9 23.1% 12.67 ± 3.87 ANOVA F = 2.985 > 0.05
Slightly bad 12 30.8% 13.42 ± 3.53
Very bad 18 46.2% 16.56 ± 5.20
Indirect endodontic experience Positive 16 17.6% 13.31 ± 5.07 ANOVA F = 2.985 > 0.05
Neutral 27 29.7% 14.37 ± 4.00
Negative 35 38.5% 14.63 ± 5.24
Not hear of this therapy 13 14.3% 12.00 ± 4.66
  1. *There was a significant difference between the “good” and “bad” groups