Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-Pcol-00002549
Title: Knowledge, attitude, and practices regarding the use of nasal spray anesthesia by dental practitioners
Category: Pharmacology
Section: Research Article
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    Introduction: Local anesthesia is the generally employed technique for pain control in dentistry while performing the treatment procedure. Fear of pain is the main issue which causes patients to refuse dental treatment. Injections often create stress for the patient and even for the dentists in most cases. Kovanaze, a dental anesthetic (tetracaine HCl and oxymetazoline HCl) nasal spray was first approved by FDA in 2016. Kovanaze is delivered in the nasal cavity to achieve pulpal anesthesia for the endodontic treatment of maxillary anterior teeth. Anesthetic diffusion through the thin walls of the nasal cavity allows for the blocking of nerve impulses originating from the maxillary dentition and surrounding tissues. The aim of this study was to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) regarding the use of nasal spray anesthesia or the intranasal technique by dental practitioners. Materials and Methods: A total of 100 dental practitioners in Chennai city were given with a self-assessed questionnaire comprising questions eliciting information about the KAP of nasal spray anesthesia. The responses obtained from the participants were processed further and analyzed. Graphs were made and compared. Results: The knowledge, attitudes, and practice regarding the use of the intranasal anesthetic technique by dental practitioners for endodontic treatment of maxillary anterior teeth are inadequate. Conclusion: Practitioners always aim to create a painless experience for patients. Hence, awareness program needs to be initiated to address this concern.

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    Ashok Kumar1 , James David Raj 2 *

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    1 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

    2 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Dr. James David Raj, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, 162, Poonamallee High Road, Chennai – 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India

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    Author:

    Ashok Kumar1 , James David Raj 2 *

    Title:Knowledge, attitude, and practices regarding the use of nasal spray anesthesia by dental practitioners
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):10 (Oct)
    Year:2018
    Page No: (2023-2028)
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    Methodology:Nasal spray anesthesia, Questionnaire
    Research Materials:Dental practitioners

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Dental practitioners Kovanaze Nasal spray anesthesia Questionnaire

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