Received Date: 30 Apr 2008
Revision Received Date: 23 Dec 2008
Electronic Publication Date: 28 July 2009
We thank Päivi Paunio, DDS, PhD, specialist in pediatric dentistry, for initiating this dental fear study in 1991, and for creating the development process of the SDFQ. We thank Prof. Ronald Kleinknecht for making the original Dental Fear Survey instrument available for our study. Ansa Ojanlatva PhD, docent and Kari Schultz, MA are acknowledged for translating the instrument. Olli Kaleva is thanked for the statistical operations and Pirjo Piekka for the secretarial assistance. The Finnish Dental Society Apollonia Research Fund and the Turku Health Authority Centre Research Fund supported the study.