Audit of gross decay treatment in young children under general anaesthetic

Pawlak, Jacqueline A., Calache, Hanny, DeSilva, Andrea M., Henry, Margaret J. and Smith, Michael 2015, Audit of gross decay treatment in young children under general anaesthetic, Dentistry, vol. 5, no. 5, pp. 1-4, doi: 10.4172/2161-1122.1000302.

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Title Audit of gross decay treatment in young children under general anaesthetic
Author(s) Pawlak, Jacqueline A.
Calache, Hanny
DeSilva, Andrea M.
Henry, Margaret J.
Smith, Michael
Journal name Dentistry
Volume number 5
Issue number 5
Start page 1
End page 4
Total pages 4
Publisher OMICS International
Place of publication Los Angeles, Calif.
Publication date 2015-05-06
Keyword(s) anaesthesia
Caries treatment
dental hygiene
dental public health
pediatric dentistry
Summary Abstract In Australia, dental caries is one of the most prevalent diseases effecting children. For more severe cases a dental general anaesthetic (GA) is required. A retrospective analysis of clinical records for all patients aged up to 10 years who attended Barwon Health (Geelong, Victoria, Australia) for a dental GA from 2010-2012 was performed. There were 236 separate events in 234 children, with 223 new cases and 11 that had already received a dental GA prior to the study period. The average age of patients at their dental GA procedure was 6.3 ± 2.0 years. Prior to the GA, the average dmft/ DMFT was 8 (6-12) (median, interquartile range). The length of time from referral to GA increased significantly from 166.4 days (SD 108.1), 164.3 days (SD 98.9) to225.4 days (SD 129.5) in 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively. Follow up review appointments after GA appointment was attended by 10.8%, 37.3% and 36.0% of patients, respectively across the same years. Following the findings of long waiting times for GA procedures for children with severe dental caries, and the low rate of attendance for post-GA reviews, a change in dental process is urgently needed.
Language eng
DOI 10.4172/2161-1122.1000302
Field of Research 110599 Dentistry not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920113 Oro-Dental Disorders
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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