Dental anxiety in minor

Written by: Dr. Joan Bladé Marsal
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Dr. Joan Bladé is an expert in dentistry and one of his specialties is dental anxiety in children and adolescents. With more than 25 years of experience, this doctor has a qualified academic education and currently also works as a teacher at the University of Barcelona. In the following article, he explains how to know the level of anxiety of the patient through drawing and the main causes.


Dental anxiety in children and adolescents affects between 5.7% and 19% of the population. To discover this problem, the conventional method is to answer questionnaires during dental visits. Even so, another way to observe the propensity to fear is the drawings. Through the graphic representation of the consultation, the level of anxiety of children between 5 and 8 years can be calculated before dental interventions.


Analyzing the drawings , if details are detected such as: the presence of artificial light, an exaggerated instrumental, the teeth, the red color, the patient crying or the absence of arms in the characters represented, the anxiety that the child suffers can be identified.


The main causes of dental anxiety in children and adolescents during the visit with the dentist are: the deep fear of pain, the fear of being confronted by the care of the mouth or the loss of control. In the case of children, the fact of knowing negative experiences of their parents will condition their perception with the dentist.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Joan Bladé Marsal

Dr. Bladé is a renowned specialist in Dentistry and Stomatology. He has more than 25 years of experience in the profession and extensive training in various fields of the specialty. Specifically, he is an expert in implants, orthodontics, periodontics, pediatric dentistry, dental aesthetics and endodontics, subspecialties in which he has different certificates from the University of Barcelona and the Complutense University of Madrid.

Throughout his career he has combined his care work with teaching, being an associate professor at the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Barcelona. He pioneered the development of the Sedentist program , which has the most advanced techniques in Dentistry to treat people suffering from dentist phobia . He is currently the medical director of the Dental Clinic Grupo Doctor Bladé.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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