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IJMDC. 2019; 3(6): 516-520


Pharmacological management preference among pediatric dentistry

Nouf Alajaji.

Abstract
Background: Decreasing anxiety and pain for children during dental procedures has been an issue since long time. Dentists can manage the majority of pediatric dental patients by conventional behavioral management. However, sometimes advanced management is needed for a number of children, as pharmacological intervention, by using either sedation or GA. The aim of this study was to investigate the preference of dentists in pharmacological management in dealing with children.
Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted using an online questionnaire which was distributed in Oct. and Nov 2018 in Saudi Arabia. Two hundred dentists (General practitioner, Pediatric consultants and residents) participated in the present study.
Results: There were 200 respondents in the present study, one-half (50%) of them were GP, one-quarter (25%) were residents and the other quarter (25%) were pediatric dentists. The majority of participants (86.5%) were male. Approximately one-half (47.5%) of participants had 1 to 4 years of experience, 26% of participants had 5 to 10 years of experience, and one-quarter of them (26.5%) had more than 10 years of experience. The position of the dentists and years of experience significantly (p

Key words: sedation, dentistry, pediatric, pain, children.



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