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

Authors

  • Tanya Bozhkova Department of Prosthetic Dentistry, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Medical University - Plovdiv, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • Nina Musurlieva Department of Social Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Public Health, Medical University - Plovdiv, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3889/oamjms.2021.5791

Keywords:

Covid - 19 epidemic, dentists, dental technicians

Abstract

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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2021-03-10

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Bozhkova T, Musurlieva N. 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. Open Access Maced J Med Sci [Internet]. 2021 Mar. 10 [cited 2022 Jan. 24];9(D):43-6. Available from: https://oamjms.eu/index.php/mjms/article/view/5791

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