IN-FLIGHT BARODONTALGIA AMONG COMMERCIAL AND MILITARY PILOTS OF PAKISTANI ORIGIN

  • Syed Sohaib Daud Incharge dental surgeon, Provincial Health Services KPK
  • Syed Daud Shah Gilani Consultant flight surgeon King Fahad air force base Taif Saudi Arabia
  • Shafqat Ali Shah Professor operative dentistry, Sardar Begum dental hospital Peshawar
  • Iftikhar Qayum Director medical education, Rehman Medical College
Keywords: Aviation Dentistry, human performance barodontalgia, flight safety

Abstract

Background: Barodontalgia is defined as oral pain occurring due to changes in ambient pressure. It can be severe enough to cause inflight incapacitation and has a tendency to go undiagnosed in regular sickbays. There is a large variation in incidence of Barodontalgia in the literature and major fraction of epidemiological data on Barodontalgia has been compiled from military flight simulations. The aim of this study was to document the frequency of in-flight Barodontalgia in Pakistani military and civilian aircrew.
Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted on (non- patient) civilian as well as military pilots. Subjects were given standardized and anonymous questionnaires to complete regarding demographic and professional characteristics, occurrence of oral pain during flying, character of pain, treatment seeking and recurrence of the pain.
Results: Out of the 100 subjects, 51 responded (response rate of 51%), with mean age 30.31 ± 5.634 Years; 17.6% (09) of these participants (All Civilian) reported at least one event of barodontalgia during their career. A total of 88 %( 8/9) of pilots visited their dentists after they had oral pain. The diagnosis rendered by their dental surgeons was always dental pain. None of the patients reported recurrence of the disease or premature mission termination due to dental pain. None of the military Pilots reported a n y e v e n t o f Barodontalgia.
Conclusion: Barodontalgia was reported exclusively by commercial pilots, which was of a minor non-recurrent nature and did not disrupt their health or flight routines.

Author Biography

Syed Sohaib Daud, Incharge dental surgeon, Provincial Health Services KPK

BDS(Gold Medalist), Master of Clinical Dental Sciences (Operative Dentistry)
Ex- Senior Regsitrar Rehman College of Dentistry
Dental Surgeon Incharge
Provincial Health Services
Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Published
2019-07-15
How to Cite
Daud, S., Gilani, S. D., Shah, S., & Qayum, I. (2019). IN-FLIGHT BARODONTALGIA AMONG COMMERCIAL AND MILITARY PILOTS OF PAKISTANI ORIGIN. Pakistan Journal of Public Health, 9(1), 42-45. https://doi.org/10.32413/pjph.v9i1.248