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Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache



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J Orofac Pain 33 (2019), No. 2     3. May 2019
J Orofac Pain 33 (2019), No. 2  (03.05.2019)

Page 153-159

A Qualitative Study to Assess the Impact of Iatrogenic Trigeminal Nerve Injury
Barker, Sarah / Renton, Tara / Ormrod, Susan
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.

Keywords: informed consent, mental health, oral health, qualitative, trigeminal nerve injury