Background: Rubber dam is an indispensable tool to
isolate teeth during dental treatment, but its application can be disagreeable
for some patients.
Aim: to determine the patient’s attitude to rubber
dam use during endodontic procedures.
Methods: Cross-sectional study was carried out in Operative
Dentistry, Lahore Medical and Dental College, from 31st August 2021 to 21st
October 2021. Using convenience sampling, 130 proformas were dispersed amongst
house officers and postgraduate residents, who were performing endodontics under
rubber dam. Questionnaires consisting demographic information, participant’s
previous and current experience of rubber dam use, the treating doctor, time
taken to apply rubber dam and duration of procedure. 126 completed forms were
returned. Chi-square test was done for proportionate variables to determine
Results: 46 patients (36.5%) answered their current
experience was better with rubber application, 41 (32.5%) said about the same
experience as compared to their previous rubber dam experience, and 11 (8.7%)
had a worse current experience. Current experience of rubber dam use was: (i)
pleasant/comfortable= 56 (44.4%), and (ii) uncomfortable/painful= 70(55.6%).
The results further demonstrated that middle aged patients were more receptive
to reapplication of the dam for future endodontic use. Statistically significant
finding was that the postgraduate trainees applied the dam faster.
Conclusion: Patient acceptance increased as the operator
became more experienced, in lieu, more efficient in rubber dam placement.
MeSH words: Rubber Dams, Endodontics, Patient