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Article: Volume 44 Number 5 Page 387 - May 2017

  Dent Update 2017; 44: 387-395  Read article

Paediatric dentistry:  How to Minimize Repeat Dental General Anaesthetics

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Abstract: This article aims to provide general dental practitioners (GDPs) with the knowledge to improve their referrals primarily for children who they feel require a dental general anaesthetic. It discusses the impact of a general anaesthetic (GA) on a child and the financial impacts of dental general anaesthetics (DGAs). The risks of DGAs are well recognized and the ways in which the dental team in primary, secondary care and service commissioners can reduce the risk of repeat DGAs are discussed.

Clinical relevance: Dentists should be aware of the risks involved in GA and the importance of reducing repeat DGAs.

Author notes: Jennifer Lawson, BDentSc, MFDS, Specialist Trainee in Paediatric Dentistry, Department of Paediatric Dentistry, Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, 76 Wellesley Road, Sheffield S10 3SZ, Jayne Owen, BDS, MSc, MFDS, Specialty Doctor in Paediatric Dentistry, University Hospitals Bristol Primary Care Dental Service, Weston General Hospital, Grange Road, Uphill, Weston-Super-Mare BS23 4TQ and Chris Deery, BDS, MSc, FDS(Paeds), PhD, Professor/Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry, Unit of Oral Health and Development, School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield, Claremont Crescent, Sheffield, S10 2TA, UK.

Objective: To understand that to reduce repeat dental general anaesthetics, the referral process and assessment prior to DGAs should be optimal.