Dentists' Perception of the Care of Patients
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The awareness of the importance of oral heath as a part of general health is becoming widespread. However, dental care remains the most common unmet health care need. In a study conducted in the United States, most surveyed general dentists responded that they would not provide care for adults (67%) and for children (60%) with special health care needs (SHCNs). The willingness of general dentists to treat patients was significantly associated with the intensity of their educational experience. Dental students had significantly higher expectations of their capability after attending a presentation on managing patients with SHCNs. However, hands-on experience had a significant positive relationship with their comfort levels. General dentists who were prepared by hands-on experience in treating SHCNs did not consider their patients’ disability as an obstacle to providing treatment. In fact, they were more likely to treat more of these patients and use behavior management techniques, compared to other general practitioners who were not well prepared by their dental education.
Data regarding dentists’ attitude toward the care of disabled patients and their level of satisfaction of dental education in the matter have not been investigated thoroughly in Saudi Arabia. Such information seems necessary to tackle rising problems in access to oral health care. Therefore, the aim of this study was to explore the dentists’ perception of dental education outcome and their level of satisfaction of the dental education in preparing them to provide care for patients with SHCNs.
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