The impact of dentine hypersensitivity on patient’s quality of life as perceived by dentists
Introduction: Oral health related quality of life is an area with multidimensional construct. It shows people ease when eating, sleeping and involving in social interaction and their satisfaction with regard to their oral health.
Material and Methods: In this study, dentists were asked a number of questions regarding dentine hypersensitivity and its impact on the quality of life of the patients. A total of 100 questionnaires with close ended questions were sent to dentists working in the teaching hospitals of Lahore Medical and Dental College and de’Montmorency College of dentistry. A total of 100 out of 100 dentists’ response rate was observed with 55% female and 45% male ratio was seen. The data was analysed by using SPSS 22.0. Frequencies were calculated and were represented in the form of bar charts.
Results: 87% of the dentists reported that dentine hypersensitivity has an effect on the quality of life of the patient. Moreover, 13% of the dentists reported that dentine hypersensitivity has a severe impact on the quality of life of the patient. While 67% observed it to be moderate and 17% reported it to be having a mild effect on the quality of life of the patient.Conclusions: This study shows that dentists have a good perception regarding the dentine hypersensitivity and its impact on the quality of life of the patient. However, there is a need for increased awareness and development of the guidelines for proper evaluation and management.