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The Impact of COVID-19 on Dental Treatment in Kuwait – a Retrospective Analysis from the Nation’s Largest Hospital

Version 1 : Received: 7 June 2022 / Approved: 7 June 2022 / Online: 7 June 2022 (11:22:41 CEST)

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AlHayyan, W.A.; AlShammari, K.; AlAjmi, F.; Pani, S.C. The Impact of COVID-19 on Dental Treatment in Kuwait—A Retrospective Analysis from the Nation’s Largest Hospital. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 9275. AlHayyan, W.A.; AlShammari, K.; AlAjmi, F.; Pani, S.C. The Impact of COVID-19 on Dental Treatment in Kuwait—A Retrospective Analysis from the Nation’s Largest Hospital. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 9275.

Journal reference: Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 9275
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph19159275

Abstract

Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way dentistry has been practiced world over , this study sought to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the patterns of attendance for dental treatment in a large hospital in Kuwait compare them to data from the year prior to the pandemic Methods: A total of 176,690 appointment records of 34,250 patients presenting to the AlJahra specialist hospital, Kuwait for dental treatment from April 2019 to March 2021 were analyzed. Types of procedures and the departments to which they presented were analyzed and the patterns of attendance before and during the pandemic were compared; Results: While there was a significant reduction in the number of orthodontic, endodontic and periodontal procedures there was no impact on oral surgery, restorative procedures or pediatric dentistry; Conclusions: There has been a return in the numbers of patients availing dental treatment, however, there has been a definite shift in the use of certain dental procedures .

Keywords

Access to Dental Care; COVID-19; Dental Public Health

Subject

MEDICINE & PHARMACOLOGY, Dentistry

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