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Analysis of Comprehensive Dental Rehabilitation Under General Anesthesia at a Dental Hospital in Turkey
1Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Erciyes University, Kayseri, Turkey
Journal of Pediatric Dentistry 2014; 2(2): 49-55 DOI: 10.4103/2321-6646.137678
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The aims of the present study were to describe the characteristics of children receiving comprehensive dental rehabilitation under general anesthesia (DRGA) at a dental hospital in Turkey, and to evaluate dental treatment patterns and waiting times between examination and receiving GA for these children. The authors described the characteristics of children receiving comprehensive DRGA at a dental hospital in Turkey. A total of 441 patients’ records were included and were composed of 272 (61.7%) boys and 169 (38.3%) girls. Although most of the children (159, 54.1%) were aged between 3 and 5 (mean: 5.40 ± 2.00) years in the healthy children group (Group I), most of the special needs children (Group II) (85, 55.5 %) were aged between 6 and 11 years old (mean: 6.93 ± 3.13). Extreme non-cooperation, dental fear, and an excessive need for treatment were the major reasons for the use of comprehensive dental treatment under GA. The mean waiting times for treatment under GA were significantly shorter in ASA III, ASA IV and disabled children in ASA I and ASA II, compared to physically and mentally fit ASA I and ASA II children.