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Donnish Journal of Dentistry and Oral Hygiene

August 2018 Vol. 4(2), pp. 046-053

ISSN: 2984-8806

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Original Research Paper


Special Needs Dentistry: Perception, Attitudes and Educational Experience of Dental Students in Riyadh Colleges of Dentistry and Pharmacy, KSA.


Reem Nawaf AlSaadi1, Sajedah Sameer Albahrani1, Elaf Dawood Alshodokhy1, Aeshah Fuad Alnaim1, Sarah Mohammed AlAbdullah1, Fatemah Ahmed Alkharboush1 and Shahzeb Hasan Ansari2*

1Dental Interns, Riyadh Elm University, Saudi Arabia.
2Lecturer, Faculty of Preventive Dentistry, Riyadh Elm University, Saudi Arabia.

Corresponding Author's Email: shahzebhasan@riyadh.edu.sa

Accepted 28th June, 2018.



Abstract


Introduction: Special care dentistry has been described as "an approach to oral health management tailored to the individual needs of people with a variety of medical condition or limitations that require more than routine delivery of care", it encompasses preventive, diagnostic, and treatment services. Materials and methods: 455 male and female students from clinical levels took part in this study. An ethical approval was acquired from Riyadh College's Institutional Review Board before data collection. A closed-ended questionnaire was used in this study with questions including demographics, exposure of students to patients with special needs, students' attitude and practice towards it. Results: This study included 455 dental students from clinical levels out of which 56% were females. 24% were from level 9, 32% level 10, 17% level 11 and 30% level 12. We also divided the students on the basis of their current overall GPA, which included 7% having GPA less than 3, 37% from 3-4 and 56% more than 4. Conclusion: Male students showed more readiness and positive attitude towards the treatment of SND patients. There was a significant difference in male students comfort levels to treat such patients as compared to females.

Keywords: Special Needs, Dental Students, Dental Education.

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Reem Nawaf AlSaadi, Sajedah Sameer Albahrani1, Elaf Dawood Alshodokhy, Aeshah Fuad Alnaim, Sarah Mohammed AlAbdullah, Fatemah Ahmed Alkharboush and Shahzeb Hasan Ansari. Special Needs Dentistry: Perception, Attitudes and Educational Experience of Dental Students in Riyadh Colleges of Dentistry and Pharmacy, KSA. Donnish Journal of Dentistry and Oral Hygiene 4(2) 2018 pp. 046-053.


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