Dental anesthesia for patients with special needs
Department of Anesthesiology, National Taiwan University Hospital and National Taiwan University College of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan.
Acta anaesthesiologica Taiwanica : official journal of the Taiwan Society of Anesthesiologists
09/2012; 50(3):122-5. DOI: 10.1016/j.aat.2012.08.009
To offer individualized dental treatment to certain patients who cannot tolerate dental treatment, sedation or general anesthesia is required. The needs could be either medical, mental, or psychological. The most common indications for sedation or general anesthesia are lack of cooperation, multiple morbidities, and pediatric autism. In adults, cognitive impairment and multiple morbidities are most commonly encountered indications. Because of suboptimal home care, incomplete medical history, poor preoperative management, lack of cooperation, and developmental abnormalities, it is a challenge to prepare anesthesia for patients with special needs. The American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA) has proposed guidelines for office-based anesthesia for ambulatory surgery. In patients with ASA physical status IV and V, sedation or general anesthesia for treatment in the dental office is not recommended. The distinction between sedation levels and general anesthesia is not clear. If intravenous general anesthesia without tracheal intubation is chosen for dental procedures, full cooperation between the dentist, dental assistant, and anesthesiologist is needed. Teamwork between the dentist and healthcare provider is key to achieve safe and successful dental treatment under sedation or general anesthesia in the patient with special needs.
Available from: Francisco-J Silvestre
- "-Posse L. M. Orellana Á F. J. Silvestre Department of Stomatology, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain S. Martínez-Sanchis (&) Department of Psychobiology, Faculty of Psychology, University of Valencia, Avenida Blasco Ibáñez 21, 46010 Valencia, Spain e-mail: email@example.com S. Martínez-Sanchis Neurodevelopmental Disorders Research Unit, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain F. J. Silvestre Stomatology Unit, Dr. Peset University Hospital, Valencia, Spain et al. 2003; Mochizuki et al. 2007; Messieha 2009; Wang et al. 2012 "
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ABSTRACT: The specific neuropsychological and sensory profile found in persons with autism spectrum disorders complicate dental procedures and as a result of this, most are treated under general anesthesia or unnecessary sedation. The main goal of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a short treatment and education of autistic and related communication-handicapped children-based intervention program (five sessions) to facilitate a 10-component oral assessment in children (n = 38, aged 4-9 years) and adults (n = 34, aged 19-41) with autism spectrum disorder (with or without associated intellectual disability). The assessment ranges from entering into the examination room to the evaluation of the dental occlusion. There were statistically significant differences in the number of components reached and in compliance before and after the training program.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 09/2013; 44(4). DOI:10.1007/s10803-013-1930-8 · 3.06 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Abstract The purpose of this study was to identify the risk factors associated with low peripheral oxygen saturation (SpO2) and delayed recovery of dental patients with disabilities after intravenous sedation. A total of 1213 patients with disabilities were retrospectively investigated with respect to demographic parameters and sedation conditions. Multivariate logistic analyses were conducted for patients with an SpO2 <90% and a recovery period of >60 minutes to identify the risk factors for poor sedation conditions. A significant odds ratio related to decreased SpO2 was observed for age, sex, midazolam and propofol levels, concurrent use of nitrous oxide, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and mental retardation. The most problematic patients were those diagnosed with Down syndrome (odds ratio, 3.003-7.978; 95% confidence interval; P < .001). Decision tree analysis showed an increased risk of decreased SpO2 in males with Down syndrome or after administration of >0.493 mg/kg propofol in combination with midazolam. An increased risk of delayed awakening was seen in patients aged less than 21 years and in males administered >0.032 mg/kg of midazolam. Intravenous sedation for dental patients with disabilities, particularly those with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, or mental retardation, increases the risk of decreased SpO2. In addition, delayed recovery is expected after midazolam administration.
Anesthesia Progress 12/2013; 60(4):153-61. DOI:10.2344/0003-3006-60.4.153
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Dental patients with mental, psychiatric, or neurological disorders may need general anesthesia during dental treatments. This study analyzed the dental treatments and postoperative complications of 200 dental patients in a special needs dental clinic in northern Taiwan.
Materials and methods
The dental treatments and postoperative complications of 200 dental patients who needed general anesthesia for performing the dental treatments in a special needs dental clinic were analyzed statistically.
The mean age of 200 dental patients (97 pediatric and 103 adult patients; 130 males and 70 females) was 20.2 ± 15.2 years. Of the 200 patients, 145 had tooth extractions, 118 tooth fillings, 46 root canal treatments, 56 either pulpotomy or pulpectomy, 45 stainless steel crown placement, and seven panoramic radiographic examinations. In pediatric patients, psychiatric problems were the most commonly encountered disorders (61.9%), followed by mental retardation (44.3%). In adult patients, mental retardation was the most common disorder (81.6%), followed by psychiatric disorders (34.0%). Of the 200 patients, 66 needed intubation general anesthesia (IGA) and 134 nonintubation general anesthesia (NIGA). IGA patients needed a significantly longer operation duration than NIGA patients (P < 0.001). Regarding postoperative complications, IGA patients had significantly higher epistaxis episodes than NIGA patients (P < 0.001). However, NIGA patients had significantly higher desaturation rate than IGA patients (P = 0.028).
Both IGA and NIGA are effective and relatively safe methods for dental patients who need dental treatment in a special needs dental clinic, but anesthesia itself still carries certain risks.
Journal of dental sciences 07/2014; 10(2). DOI:10.1016/j.jds.2014.06.003 · 0.56 Impact Factor
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