Original Article

Volume 37, Issue 1, 2021 , Page (63 - 70)

DOI: 10.51441/BioMedica/5-172

Knowledge and Practices for Dental Treatment during COVID-19 - A Survey Based Study


Authors: Samreen Aqeel, Saood Khan Lodhi, Saroosh Ehsan, Adeela Rafique


Abstract

Background and Objective:  Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the latest infectious disease to rapidly spread worldwide. The role of dental professionals in preventing the transmission of COVID-19 is critically important while providing routine dental care. The objective of this study was to assess the attitude and perception of dentists to provide treatment to patients and form a general consensus for future dental protocols.

Methods:  Data collection was done using a well-structured web-based questionnaire (Google forms). The survey form was distributed by sending the link via email, WhatsApp and other online forums. Data were collected from n = 299 participants and analyzed by using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 25. Frequencies and percentages were determined for qualitative variables whereas mean ± standard deviation was calculated for quantitative variables.

Results:  A total of n = 299 responses were collected. Approximately 90.6% of the respondents were young clinicians with years of experience 1 – 9 years. Most of the respondents i.e. 70.9% were more inclined towards performing only non-aerosol generating procedures. Ninety five percent agreed upon training of dentists and dental chair side assistants regarding donning and doffing of PPEs and 91% preferred to go for high volume suction for aerosol generating procedures. Ninety four percent of the respondents strongly recommended to check for every patient reporting to dental clinic.

Conclusion:  Majority of the dentists are well aware of the current crisis, but trends of ambiguities have been seen regarding adaptation of particular protocol for the dental treatment. Intervention from Government is required to establish proper dental guidelines including provision of PPEs so that treatment could be provided with the best of facilities to the poor patients as well.


Keywords: COVID-19, Dental Emergency, Future protocols, Pandemic.


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Authors

Samreen Aqeel

Postgraduate Resident, Department of Operative Dentistry, FMH College of Medicine & Dentistry, Lahore-Pakistan.

Saood Khan Lodhi

Postgraduate Resident, Department of Operative Dentistry, FMH College of Medicine & Dentistry, Lahore, Pakistan.

Saroosh Ehsan

Associate Professor, Department of Operative Dentistry, FMH College of Medicine & Dentistry, Lahore- Pakistan.

Adeela Rafique

Associate Professor, Department of Operative Dentistry, FMH College of Medicine & Dentistry, Lahore-Pakistan.

Publication History

Received: December 26, 2020

Revised: February 02, 2021

Accepted: March 14, 2021

Published: March 31, 2021

Pubmed Style

Samreen Aqeel, Saood Khan Lodhi, Saroosh Ehsan, Adeela Rafique. Knowledge and Practices for Dental Treatment during COVID-19 - A Survey Based Study. biomedica. 2021 ; 31 March 2021 ): 86-91. doi:10.51441/BioMedica/5-172

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Samreen Aqeel, Saood Khan Lodhi, Saroosh Ehsan, Adeela Rafique. Knowledge and Practices for Dental Treatment during COVID-19 - A Survey Based Study. https://biomedicapk.com/10.51441/BioMedica/5-172 [Access: June 13, 2021]. doi:10.51441/BioMedica/5-172

AMA (American Medical Association) Style

Samreen Aqeel, Saood Khan Lodhi, Saroosh Ehsan, Adeela Rafique. Knowledge and Practices for Dental Treatment during COVID-19 - A Survey Based Study. biomedica. 2021 ; 31 ( March 2021 ): 86-91. doi:10.51441/BioMedica/5-172

Vancouver/ICMJE Style

Samreen Aqeel, Saood Khan Lodhi, Saroosh Ehsan, Adeela Rafique. Knowledge and Practices for Dental Treatment during COVID-19 - A Survey Based Study. biomedica. ( 2021 ), [cited June 13, 2021]; 10 ( March 2021 ): 86-91. doi:10.51441/BioMedica/5-172

Harvard Style

Samreen Aqeel, Saood Khan Lodhi, Saroosh Ehsan, Adeela Rafique ( 2021 ) Knowledge and Practices for Dental Treatment during COVID-19 - A Survey Based Study. biomedica, 31 ( March 2021 ): 86-91. doi:10.51441/BioMedica/5-172

Turabian Style

Samreen Aqeel, Saood Khan Lodhi, Saroosh Ehsan, Adeela Rafique. 2021 . Knowledge and Practices for Dental Treatment during COVID-19 - A Survey Based Study. BioMedica, 31 ( March 2021 ): 86-91. doi:10.51441/BioMedica/5-172

Chicago Style

Samreen Aqeel, Saood Khan Lodhi, Saroosh Ehsan, Adeela Rafique. "Knowledge and Practices for Dental Treatment during COVID-19 - A Survey Based Study." BioMedica 31 ( 2021 ), 86-91. doi:10.51441/BioMedica/5-172

MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Samreen Aqeel, Saood Khan Lodhi, Saroosh Ehsan, Adeela Rafique. "Knowledge and Practices for Dental Treatment during COVID-19 - A Survey Based Study." BioMedica 31 . March 2021 ( 2021 ), 86-91. Print. doi:10.51441/BioMedica/5-172

APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Samreen Aqeel, Saood Khan Lodhi, Saroosh Ehsan, Adeela Rafique ( 2021 ) Knowledge and Practices for Dental Treatment during COVID-19 - A Survey Based Study. BioMedica, 31 ( March 2021 ), 86-91. doi:10.51441/BioMedica/5-172