Survey of the Opinion of Dentists and Dental Technicians on the Impact of the State of Emergency Related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Epidemic in Bulgaria on their Practice
Keywords:Covid - 19 epidemic, dentists, dental technicians
BACKGROUND: In their practice, health-care professionals are at increased risk of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection, which is particularly high for dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, and dental technicians due to close contact with patients and exposure to biological fluids and aerosol/droplets during dental procedures.
AIM: The purpose of this study is to survey the opinion of dentists and dental technicians about the impact of the state of emergency in Bulgaria related to the COVID-19 epidemic on their practices.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: A specially developed web-based survey conducted among 49 dentists and dental technicians was used. The results were processed with SPSS v. 18 at significance level of p < 0.05.
RESULTS: A group of 49 dentists and dental technicians were included in the survey. Оf them (20.41 ± 5.76) reported that they did not work at all during the state of emergency. Relatively, a large number of dentists (81.82 ± 8.22) respond that they have completely changed their patient care protocols. The result is similar for dental technicians (77.77 ± 8.00). More than half of the dentists (59.09 ± 10.48) respond that they specifically disinfect the dental impressions, and of the dental technicians (29.63 ± 8.78) say that they insist on this. All of the respondents share that they use special protective equipment in their practices.
CONCLUSION: Although significant progress has been made in controlling COVID-19 and dental clinics and practices are gradually resuming routine patient care, the prevention and control of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 transmission during dental procedures remains a serious challenge.
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