Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-Pcol-00004485
Title: Assessment of patient discomfort on the dental chair
Category: Pharmacology
Section: Research Article
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    Introduction: Commercially available dental chairs are designed based on anthropometric mean values obtained from Caucasian populations. As these values vary greatly among other races, there may be associated with discomfort and musculoskeletal disorders among both groups of individuals. This form of discomfort may further get exacerbated if the patient has underlying anxiety or fear of the dental operatory, practitioner or procedure. The reason for this research is to identify such anthropometric changes may lead to discomfort for patients on dental chairs and analyze the local factors of dental chair that contributes to patients discomfort. Aim: The aim of the study was to evaluate the optimal ergonomic requirements of a dental chair, associated with level of comfort and expressed anxiety for the patients on dental chair in an Indian population. Objective: The objective of the study was to assess the comfort, practicality, and use of the dental chair in relation to the patient. Materials and Methods: This study was conducted based on a visual analog scale and an open interview. A total of 50 patients who visited Saveetha Dental College with varying dental chief complaints were selected as participants. To avoid bias 25 males and 25 females patients ages ranging from 18 to 40 years participants who systemically healthy was chosen. Results: As an overall result, most of the patient was comfortable with the commercially available dental chair. Only 10% of systemically healthy patients showed an elevated reading on blood pressure after treatment which shows discomfort zone on dental chair causes arises of anxiety. Conclusion: Discomfort on the dental chair has a minimal role in inducing anxiety. The dental chairs are apparently to be comfortable to 90% of Indian population. Further study has to be conducted with larger participants and different clinics to obtain even more accurate manipulation.

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    Kausalyah Krisna Malay, Caroline Jacob*

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    Department of Periodontics, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Dr. Caroline Jacob, Department of Periodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, 162, Poonamallee High Road, Velappanchavadi, Chennai - 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India

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    Kausalyah Krisna Malay, Caroline Jacob*

    Title:Assessment of patient discomfort on the dental chair
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):11 (October [Special Issue 1])
    Page No: (192-196)
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    Research Materials:50 patients


Back rest Dental chair Discomfort Fear Patient anxiety

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