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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 46-49

A comparative assessment of the changes in quality of life of children with severe early-childhood caries following comprehensive oral rehabilitation treated with or without General Anesthesia

1 Dental Centre, INHS Sanjivani, Naval Base, Kochi, Kerala, India
2 Army Dental Centre (Research and Referral), New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Surg Cdr (Dr) Akshai Kannan
INHS Sanjivani, Naval Base, Kochi 682004, Kerala.
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/INJO.INJO_24_19

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Background: The negative impact of early-childhood caries (ECC) on Oral-Health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) is already known. When total oral rehabilitation is impossible with nonpharmacological management techniques, dental treatment under conscious sedation/general anesthesia (GA) is considered. Objectives: The aim of this study was to compare the changes in quality of life of children with severe ECC after treatment with or without GA. Materials and Methods: Study group included 22 children with severe ECC who were treated by pedodontic team of our institute with or without GA. A questionnaire consisting of 11 questions on OHRQoL were administered to the parents based on a three point Likert scale. Results: Statistical analysis using the chi-squared (χ2) test showed significant association with relation to diet with children in the non-GA group. There was also a significant association in relation to chewing with children in the non-GA group. Conclusion: Dental rehabilitation under GA should be the modality to treat children not manageable with nonpharmacologic methods. The non-GA management of children could be an effective method to provide treatment and reduce costs and anxiety to the parents.

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