Research Article
Volume 20 Issue 10 - 2021
Assessing Knowledge among Dentists in Saudi Arabia of Proper Dental Settings for Treating Patients During COVID-19
Ohoud Alaidaroos1*, Wedad Alsougi2, Rawan Basyuni3, Joud Jalloun4, Aljawharah Alghamdi5, Meaad Falata6, Fatimah Fallatah6 and Haneen Bakhadlg6
1Dental Student, Ibn Sina National College for Medical Studies, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2Senior Registrar, Restorative Dentist, Albaha Dental Specialty Center, Albaha, Saudi Arabia
3General Dentist, Albaha Dental Specialty Center, Albaha, Saudi Arabia
4General Dentist, King Abdullah Medical Complex, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
5General Dentist, Abu Arish General Hospital, Jizan, Saudi Arabia
6General Dentist, Vision Colleges, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding Author: Ohoud Alaidaroos, Dental Student, Ibn Sina National College for Medical Studies, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Received: August 24, 2021; Published: September 08, 2021




Abstract

Introduction: Dentists have a high risk of infection with COVID-19 because they are in close contact with patients’ oral cavities and saliva.

Aim: This study aimed to assess the level of knowledge among dentists and dental students in Saudi Arabia about proper dental settings for treating patients during COVID-19.

Methods: A self-reporting questionnaire was used in this cross-sectional study with 137 participating dentists and dental students across Saudi Arabia. The questionnaire assessed participants’ knowledge using 15 multiple-choice questions regarding COVID-19 dental settings and sources of information about COVID-19. SPSS software and linear regression, ANOVA, and t-test were used to analyze the data, with the significance level set to a p-value of 0.05.

Results: A total of 25.50% of participants visited the Saudi Center for Disease Prevention and Control (Weqaya) website. Most (92%) got their information from medical or health professionals. Participants had a mean of 7.91 (standard deviation = 1.9) correct answers, with a range of 3 - 12 where the maximum knowledge score was 15. Only 5.10% were aware of the proper settings of negative pressure rooms and natural ventilation. Participants from the eastern region had significantly (p = 0.006) less knowledge than other regions. Knowledge increased significantly with age (p = 0.006) and years of practice (0.003).

Conclusion: Dentists and dental students in Saudi Arabia have acceptable levels of knowledge about COVID-19 dental settings. Nonetheless, more efforts should be directed to improving knowledge about COVID-19 dental settings through continuing education.

Keywords: COVID19; Dental Students; Dentists; Dental Setting

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Citation: Ohoud Alaidaroos., et al. “Assessing Knowledge among Dentists in Saudi Arabia of Proper Dental Settings for Treating Patients During COVID-19”. EC Dental Science 20.10 (2021): 01-10.

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