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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. jloyola@uaslp.mx

Abstract

AIM:

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).

DESIGN:

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.

RESULTS:

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).

CONCLUSIONS:

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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