Accession Number : AD0289516

Title :   IDENTIFYING THE OVERLY ANXIOUS PATIENT IN IMPACTED THIRD MOLAR SURGERY

Corporate Author : SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE BROOKS AFB TEX

Personal Author(s) : CRAMER,EARL H. ; SZMYD,LUCIAN

Report Date : JUL 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : Study was made of personality factors responsible for anxiety in individuals with impactions, in order to provide an effective method for identifying the patients most likely to be difficult during surgery. The personalities of 26 postoperative impaction patients were studied by means of psychiatric interview. Psychiatric data were scored in two ways. Results of one of the scoring methods had a significant correlation with the dental investigator's independent rating of the degree of cooperativeness during surgery. Characteristic of hyperreactive patients was a past history of dental or medical trauma-as shown by case studies. It is concluded that, by specific inquiry about past dental and medical trauma, many of the difficult surgical patients can be identified in advance. (Author)

Descriptors :   *DENTISTRY, *SURGICAL TRAUMA, ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), BEHAVIOR, IDENTIFICATION, PERSONALITY, PSYCHIATRY

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE