Background & Objectives: Most people fail to have necessary dental care because they're anxious to go to the dentist due to lack of the knowledge about dental procedures .The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of verbal explanation in reduction of dental stress before third molar operation.
Materials and Methods: This study designed as controlled clinical trial. Totally 60 patients selected from those referred to the oral and maxillofacial surgery department, dental faculty of Tabriz. After verbal expranation, the questionnaire consisted of demographic characteristics (age, education, life status, number of dental visits before surgery) and mean of pain according to visual analogue scale (VAS) was recorded. Data were analyzed by descriptive statistics (mean ± SD), T-test and chi-square test by using SPSS.20 (P < 0.05).
Results: Based on VAS scale, the mean of stress in control group was higher than test group (5.91vs. 4.22 before surgery) and (5.61 vs. 3.115 after surgery) (P<0.05). The difference between age, gender, education, life status and hospitalization was not statically significant between the control and test groups.
Conclusion: Verbal explanation can reduce the stress level in patients undergoing third molar operation.