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Parental anxiety levels during pediatric induction with and without administration of premedication for general anesthesia

  • Yuri Goldvasser1
  • Kell Julliard2,*,

1Pediatric Dental Department, Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York

2Research Program Director, Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York.

DOI: 10.17796/jcpd.28.1.t03g626013575686 Vol.28,Issue 1,January 2004 pp.85-88

Published: 01 January 2004

*Corresponding Author(s): Kell Julliard E-mail:


This study measured parental anxiety before, during, and after elective dental procedures under general anesthesia using the Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety questionnaire. State anxiety started relatively high before the procedures, peaked immediately after induction using general anesthesia, and dropped during recovery to below the initial score. Parents, whose children were premedicated and fathers in general, had significantly higher anxiety immediately after induction. This study supports interventions to lower anxiety of the parents as well as that of children.

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Yuri Goldvasser, Kell Julliard. Parental anxiety levels during pediatric induction with and without administration of premedication for general anesthesia. Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry. 2004. 28(1);85-88.


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