J Dent Anesth Pain Med.  2019 Dec;19(6):313-322. 10.17245/jdapm.2019.19.6.313.

General anesthesia in the management of early childhood caries: an overview

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  • 1Department of Dentistry, Military Hospital Agadir, Agadir, Morocco. hanan.kat@hotmail.fr
  • 2Department of Anesthesiology, Military Hospital Agadir, Agadir, Morocco.

Abstract

Early childhood caries is a global healthcare concern in developing and industrialized countries. If left untreated, it leads to immediate and long-term complications that affect the well-being and quality of life of concerned families. Therefore, many preventive and treatment approaches are available to the healthcare provider to curb this virulent form of caries. After behavioral interventions, general anesthesia is used in specific settings when a young patient presents with extensive teeth damage and exhibits a lack of cooperation that is incompatible with conventional dental office care. However, without proper follow-up, any positive results might be lost over time.

Keyword

Child, Preschool; Dental Caries; General Anesthesia; Oral Health; Quality of Life

MeSH Terms

Anesthesia, General*
Child, Preschool
Delivery of Health Care
Dental Caries
Dental Offices
Developed Countries
Follow-Up Studies
Health Personnel
Humans
Oral Health
Quality of Life
Tooth
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