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Title: Dentist’s opinion toward treatment of pregnant patients
Author(s): Ra’ed Al-Sadhan, Abdullatif Al-Manee
Source: Saudi Dental Journal 2008;20(1), 24-30

Abstract: The aim of this study was to assess the awareness of dentists in Riyadh city about treatment alternatives available for pregnant patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A self-administered questionnaire was distributed among 500 dentists practicing in Riyadh city. The questionnaire included data on dentists socio-demographic and practice characteristics in addition to management choices of the pregnant dental patient such as dental treatment practices and selected therapeutic choices. RESULTS: Out of the questionnaires distributed, 212 questionnaires were collected (42.5% response rate). Most of the participants were general practitioners, with less than 5 years clinical experience, who obtained their degree from local institutes and practiced in the government sectors. Over half of the participants stated that they would radiograph a pregnant patient who was suffering from pain from a tooth with doubtful diagnosis or would extract a non-restorable painful tooth. Two-thirds of the participating dentists would not replace a missing molar with a fixed partial denture during pregnancy. The majority of the participants (86%) would give oral hygiene instructions, prescribe a mouthwash and do scaling and/or root planing for a pregnant patient with gingival bleeding and calculus deposits. In respect to antibiotics, the majority of the dentists (96%) would prescribe amoxicillin to a pregnant patient. Of the four analgesic agents surveyed, paracetamol was the most popular analgesic agent (96.7%). On the use of local anesthetics, the majority of the dentists (75%) would use lidocaine without vasoconstrictor and would not use prilocaine with felypressin vasoconstrictor. CONCLUSION: The study showed that there was a lack of knowledge about the clinical management of the pregnant dental patients among the surveyed dentists regardless of their socio-demographic and practice characteristics necessitating continuous dental education programs on the dental management of pregnant dental patients...

Addresses: Maxillofacial Surgery & Diagnostic Sciences Dept., College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh, KSA & King Abdul-Aziz Medical City, National Guard, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia..

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