Review Article
Volume 18 Issue 11 - 2019
Self-Management of Dental Pain by Patients of Imam Abdurrahman Bin Faisal University’s Dental Hospital
Abeer Assaf Alshammari*, Shihnaz Mohammed Algarni and Anwar Nabil Almulhim
1College of Dentistry, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding Author: Abeer Assaf Alshammari, College of Dentistry, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
Received: October 09, 2019; Published: October 24, 2019




Abstract

Toothache is the most common cause of oral pain and can impact routine daily activities such as eating, working, and socializing. Moreover, toothache often requires professional dental treatment. Public and private healthcare is available to the population of Saudi Arabia; however, some people cannot access healthcare due to long waiting lists and the cost of private treatment. The aim of the present study is to assess the prevalence of dental pain, self-management modalities, and attitudes and behaviors related to self-management modalities for dental pain among patients visiting the Dental Hospital of Imam Abdurrahman Bin Faisal University (IAU). A survey-based, cross-sectional study was conducted at the Dental Hospital of IAU from December 2017 to May 2018. A questionnaire was distributed, and statistical analysis was performed using SPSS version 20.0. Out of the 600 subjects to whom the questionnaire was distributed, 596 (216 [36.2%] males and 380 [63.8%] females) responded (response rate 99.3%). Among 596 subjects, 85% reported experiencing dental pain within the past year; of them, 52% reported seeking dental treatment. Subjects between (18 - 34) years of age were significantly more likely than those in the other age groups to report self-management of their dental pain using analgesics (P < 0.05), and those over 65 years of age were more likely to use herbs for their dental pain. Dental pain is prevalent among patients at IAU’s Dental Hospital. The subjects used self-prescribed medications or herbs and dental treatment to manage their dental pain.

Keywords: Dental Pain; Self-Management; Self-Care; Self-Medication; Herbs; Analgesics; Antibiotics

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Citation: Abeer Assaf Alshammari., et al. “Self-Management of Dental Pain by Patients of Imam Abdurrahman Bin Faisal University’s Dental Hospital”. EC Dental Science 18.11 (2019): 221-227.

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