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Volume 33 , Issue 2
Spring 2019

Pages 153159

A Qualitative Study to Assess the Impact of Iatrogenic Trigeminal Nerve Injury

Sarah Barker, DClinPsy, Dip MHSC/Tara Renton, PhD, MDSc, BDS, FDS, RCS, FRACDS (OMS), FHEA/Susan Ormrod, PhD

PMID: 30726859
DOI: 10.11607/ofph.2054

Aims: To deepen knowledge of the impact of iatrogenic trigeminal nerve injury on dental patients. Methods: One-to-one semi-structured interviews and workshops were conducted with 12 patients who had incurred a nerve injury from dental treatment. Nerve injury was diagnosed by oral surgeons via a series of neurosensory tests. Interpretive phenomenologic analysis was used to analyze the narratives from the interviews. Results: Key themes are presented and discussed. These include the personal impact for the patient (which includes a change in self-perception), the impact on relationships, the impact on oral health care, and adjustment to the injury over time. Patients also discussed a change in how they perceived their dentist and other health care professionals and highlighted factors they would like to change within the dental care system. Conclusion: Recommendations are made for clinical practice and future research.

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