How dental teams can help patients with temporomandibular disorders receive general dental care: An International Delphi process

International Network for Orofacial Pain and Related Disorders Methodology (INfORM)

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Abstract

Background: Many patients with temporomandibular disorders (TMD) find it difficult to undergo dental care due to challenges caused by their condition, previous temporomandibular joint surgery or invasive dental procedures, and the impact of comorbid conditions. Managing routine dental care for some patients with TMD can be seen as challenging by some dental practitioners. Objective: The objective of this study was to work with patients experiencing TMD and clinicians to co-produce recommendations aimed at helping general dentists to provide routine dental care for patients with TMD. Methods: A modified Delphi process was used to co-produce recommendations. Six patients experiencing TMD, patient advocates and seven clinicians took part, including international TMD clinicians. Two meetings were held with patient participants, mediated by a trained facilitator. Recommendations suggested by patient participants were distributed to clinicians who were asked to add additional suggestions, but not to modify patients' recommendations unless to aid clarity. Additional themes were identified from the existing literature, and the recommendations were then reviewed by the International Network for Orofacial Pain and Related Disorders Methodology (INfORM) consortium. Results: Recommendations were given to support patients before, during and after dental treatment. Participants identified specific and practical recommendations to help patients with TMD receive routine dental care, but also emphasised the need for professionals to listen sensitively to patients' concerns and work with patients in an empathetic and non-judgmental way. Conclusion: These recommendations, co-developed with patients experiencing TMD, should help dental professionals to provide supportive general dental care for patients with TMD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)482-487
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Oral Rehabilitation
Volume50
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2023

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© 2023 The Authors. Journal of Oral Rehabilitation published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Keywords

  • chronic pain
  • dental care
  • facial pain
  • oro-facial pain
  • patient and public involvement

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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