Self Medication in Dentistry
Keywords:self-medication, professional, phobia, dental problems, General population.
Background: During mid 1980’s World Health Organization gave approval for some medical drugs from
prescription to reduce the burden of the medical professionals. Self-medication is one form of medication
which is practiced worldwide by many people with or without medical knowledge. In dentistry the most
common reason for taking the self-medication is phobia towards the dental procedures.
Aim and Objective: This study was conducted to assess the knowledge about self-medication practice
among common people and create awareness on its ill effects.
Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among general population of age 18years
and above. As the study was conducted during the pandemic time, a web-based survey was conducted with
a set of 11 self-structured questions which was framed in English language and vetted with expert`s opinion.
The questions were circulated through links to the participants through various social media platforms.
Result: The 50 participants were grouped based on occupational status. chi-square test was performed and
it was seen that most of the questions were statistically significant (p < 0.05). High significance was seen
when the participants were asked the commonest reason and drug that they would prefer for self-Medication
Conclusion: The common reason for using of self-medication in dental issue is pain, lack of time and
phobia. This has to be improved by conducting awareness programs and the patients have to overcome their
fear and volunteer themselves to treat the cause.
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