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Evaluating the knowledge, awareness and exposure of Malaysian dentists in conscious sedation for dentistry in relation to their current practice and future expectations

Hamzah, Siti Zaleha and Mohd, Farah Natashah (2023) Evaluating the knowledge, awareness and exposure of Malaysian dentists in conscious sedation for dentistry in relation to their current practice and future expectations. Cumhuriyet Dental Journal, 26 (2). pp. 128-134. ISSN 1302-5805 E-ISSN 2146-2852

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Abstract

Introduction: Conscious sedation (CS) in dentistry becoming more popular in Malaysia nowadays. However, the knowledge, exposure and practice of CS in dental setting has rarely been explored. Therefore, this study aimed to evaluate the knowledge awareness and exposure of Malaysian dentists about CS for dentistry and their association with sociodemographic profile. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study using an online questionnaire (Qualtrics@ Software) was conducted among Malaysian registered dentists. Questions on sociodemographic profile, knowledge, awareness, exposure and practice on CS were collected. Chi square test was used to analyse the associated factors for knowledge, exposure and practice. Results: A total of 166 responses received, resulting in response rate of 43.1%. Majority agreed that CS is beneficial in allaying dental anxiety and knows at least 3 types of CS. More than half had been exposed in inhalation sedation (IS) with less than half had CS exposure during undergraduate (UG). However, only a quarter practicing CS in their dental practice. Discussion: Malaysian dentists were familiar with the indications of CS in dentistry which corroborates with other studies. Meanwhile, the exposure to CS during undergraduate study were dependant on the availability and the program structure. Conclusions: Majority of respondents know, but only some are practicing oral and inhalation sedation. Only a few of respondents know about other types of CS. Thus, there is a need for more exposure and training of CS during undergraduate to cater the need of patients with dental anxiety.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Dentistry
Kulliyyah of Dentistry > Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Oral Diagnosis
Depositing User: Dr FARAH MOHD
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2023 13:12
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 13:12
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/105316

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