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J Clin Pediatr Dent. 2009 Winter;34(2):177-82.

Dental treatment under general anesthesia in healthy and medically compromised developmentally disabled children: a comparative study.

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San Luis Potosi University, San Luis Potosi, SLP, Mexico.



To compare the type, number of procedures and working time of dental treatment provided under dental general anesthesia (DGA) in healthy and medically compromised/developmentally disabled children (MCDD children).


This cross-sectional prospective study involved 80 children divided into two groups of 40 children each. Group 1 consisted of healthy and Group 2 consisted of MCDD children.


Healthy children needed more working time than MCDD children, the means being 161 +/- 7.9 and 84 +/- 5.7 minutes, respectively (P = 0.0001). Operative dentistry and endodontic treatments showed a significant statistical difference (P = 0.0001). The means of procedures were 17 +/- 5.0 for healthy children and 11 +/- 4.8 for MCDD children (P = 0.0001).


Healthy children needed more extensive dental treatment than MCDD children under DGA. The information from this sample of Mexican children could be used as reference for determining trends both within a facility as well as in comparing facilities in cross-population studies.

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