Dental Students and Post operative Hypersensitivity Management

Author(s): Ghada L. AlOtaibi, Mohamad A. Alghamdi, Reef EH. Mattar, Ruba M. Almutlaq and Fatima L. AlOtaibi

Introduction: Dentinal Hypersensitivity (DH) is a widely prevalent dental health problem encountered in clinical practice. The study was conducted with the aim to assess knowledge regarding DH diagnosis and management in dental students. Methods: Total 473 dentists participated in this cross sectional questionnaire survey conducted through electronic approach (Survey monkey). The questionnaire included variables eliciting socio-demographic and knowledge assessors regarding DH management and identification. Results: The most frequent stimuli triggering post-operative hypersensitivity following composite Class I and Class II restorations was the hot stimuli, with 264(55.9%) and 201(42.5%) respectively. 304 (63.3%) of the respondents felt that the best way was to reassure the patient. The most commonly employed intervention approach of dental students was to prescription of desensitizing agents for home use. Conclusion: The conclusions from the present study show acceptable knowledge levels among dental students regarding diagnosis and management of DH.


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