Research Article
Volume 20 Issue 11 - 2021
Dental Appointments and Treatment Plan Experiences in Saudi Arabia during COVID-19 Pandemic
Shoroq Mansour AlQahtani1*, Alya Mohammed Lahiq1, Rafi Ahmad Togoo2, Sarah Ahmad AlSarh1, Raghad Fahaid Alhashem1, Raghad Mohammed1 and Roaa Ali AlQahtani1
1Dental Intern, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
2Professor, Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding Author: Shoroq Mansour AlQahtani, Dental Intern, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia.
Received: October 07, 2021; Published: October 26, 2021




Abstract

Background: The state of apprehension among dentists and patients has led to how dental treatment should be planned during this pandemic. Because of these reasons, dentists have become reluctant to deliver the required dental treatment to their patients. Even patients delayed their dental treatments because of lockdown conditions, fear of cross- infections, economic crises, etc. Thus, the present study was conducted to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on dental appointments and treatment among the public of Saudi Arabia.

Materials and Methods: To analyze the effect of COVID-19 on dental appointments and treatment of patients, eight well-constructed questions were framed and asked. Reason for disruption of dental treatment, type of treatment patients were undergoing, whether they wanted to get their treatment done, and what impact pandemic had on their treatment were also evaluated. The data obtained were subjected to statistical analysis using IBM SPSS version 20.0 software.

Results: A total of 3127 participants were included in the study, out of which 14.49% were males and 85.51% were females. 79.43% of participants mentioned that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, completion of dental treatment was disrupted. 46.72% of participants wanted to get their treatment completed after the pandemic, and 34.47% of participants felt that pandemic had affected their dental appointments by making them more apprehensive, with a significant relation statistically (p-value < 0.05). Most of the participants suffered from pain (41.8%) during the pandemic, followed by dentinal sensitivity (39%).

Conclusion: COVID-19 pandemic has increased fear and anxiety among the common public in Saudi Arabia. This fear delayed the appointments and dental treatments of patients. We recommend that awareness programs be conducted among the public to improve awareness about precautions taken in dental setup and timely management of dental ailments.

Keywords: COVID-19 Pandemic; Saudi Arabia; Dental Appointments; Treatment; Fear

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Citation: Shoroq Mansour AlQahtani., et al. “Dental Appointments and Treatment Plan Experiences in Saudi Arabia during COVID-19 Pandemic”. EC Dental Science 20.11 (2021): 37-43.

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