Enhancing Knowledge, Skills, and Confidence of Oral Health Professionals Through Head Simulator Training: A Perceived Benefit

  •  Samuel E. Inkabi    
  •  Josh Bernstein    


Researchers have revealed the advantages of experiential learning for students and professionals at all levels of the health care delivery system. The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of the use of head simulators in dental school in acquiring proficient periodontal knowledge, dental skills, and confidence by practicing oral health professionals. Of the 117 purposive sampled participants surveyed using a 5-point Likert scale questionnaire, 60 respondents used head simulators during their dental school education. On the effect of the head simulator enhancing knowledge. The findings regarding the effect of the head simulator in dental school revealed varying perspectives. A significant majority of participants agreed the head simulator had a beneficial effect on their skills. Among these findings, a third of participants strongly agreed the use of the head simulator notably enhanced their skills. When considering the influence on knowledge, the responses were more evenly distributed. Almost 40% of participants agreed the head simulator positively affected their knowledge, while almost 20% of participants generally disagreed. Examining the effect on confidence, findings also depicted varying viewpoints among the participants with 42% acknowledging the head simulator had a positive effect on their confidence. The findings suggest that head simulators positively affect dental education, particularly in enhancing knowledge, skills, and confidence.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1927-5250
  • ISSN(Online): 1927-5269
  • Started: 2012
  • Frequency: bimonthly

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