Dental Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Patient Perceptions of Barriers to Dental Care, COVID-19 Safety Precautions, and Administration of the COVID-19 Vaccine at the Dental Office
COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2 infection; mass vaccinations; dentistry; dental care; primary health care; professional role; dentist’s role; infectious disease
Dental Public Health and Education | Other Dentistry | Patient Safety
The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) Dental Health Center sought to learn how COVID-19 affected dental care attainment and patient perceptions of appropriate safety measures, as well as their acceptance of the dental office as a site for COVID-19 vaccinations.
A cross-sectional online survey of dental patients was performed to inquire about barriers to care, safety precautions, including COVID-19 testing, and the acceptability of vaccination for COVID-19 in the dental office. All adult patients of the MAHEC Dental Health Center with an email address on file and a clinic visit in the past year were randomized for inclusion.
We sampled 261 adult patients; the majority were White (83.1%), female (70.1%), and over 60 years of age (60.1%). Patients who were included had visited the clinic for routine cleanings (67.2%) and dental emergency care (77.4%) in the past year. Respondents supported safety precautions at the clinic; however, there was little support for mandatory COVID-19 testing prior to a visit (14.7%). Just under half (47.3%) of respondents believed it would be appropriate for a dental office to give COVID-19 vaccinations.
Overall, patients experienced concerns during the pandemic but still sought dental care for routine treatments and emergencies. Patients supported the use of precautionary COVID-19 safety measures at the clinic, though they did not support mandatory COVID-19 testing prior to a visit. Respondents were split on the acceptability of COVID-19 vaccination in the dental clinic.
Lugo, Brunilda; Denslow, Sheri; Fromewick, Jill; Davis, Scott; Jowers, Katherine; and Valdez, J. Amadeo
"Dental Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Patient Perceptions of Barriers to Dental Care, COVID-19 Safety Precautions, and Administration of the COVID-19 Vaccine at the Dental Office,"
HCA Healthcare Journal of Medicine: Vol. 4:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarlycommons.hcahealthcare.com/hcahealthcarejournal/vol4/iss1/4
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