Background: Prevailing conditions of COVID-19 has hit all sectors of society including dentistry. Both personal and professional lives of dentists have been influenced. Several studies have been undertaken regarding aspects likes influence of clinical practices, awareness regarding the pandemic among patients and dentists. Only a few studies have been conducted in Saudi Arabia. The present study evaluates the impact of COVID-19 on Fear, anxiety, socioeconomic status and performance of clinical practices of dental professionals in Riyadh.
Methods: A Questionnaire was designed as Google form and sent to 400 dental professionals and responses were statistically evaluated.
Results: 244 males and 156 females’ dental professionals participated in study. Most of the clinical practices were found to be open but with lower patient volumes. There was decline in both monthly volumes of patients and volumes of collections. Majority of dental professionals were in fear of getting COVID-19 and transmitting to their families. They were afraid of getting quarantined also. In general, all agreed that it will take more than a year for their practices to come back to normal but most of them did not want to shift their profession. There was found to be significant association between designation and effects of COVID-19.
Conclusion: There was definite negative impact of COVID-19 on socioeconomic status and performance of clinical practices along with increase in Fear and anxiety among dental professionals.