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Trends in General Anesthesia Utilization by Board-Certified Pediatric Dentists

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore the trends and utilization of general anesthesia services among board-certified pediatric dentists practicing in the United States. Methods: A 26 item survey was sent to 4,216 board-certified pediatric dentists by REDCap or mail. Results were tabulated, and trends were analyzed. Results: A response rate of 31.8 percent was obtained. All American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry districts were represented proportionally. Most respondents (87 percent) reported using general anesthesia (GA) in their practices. Those who used GA, 50.4 percent reported using a hospital setting, and 60.5 percent used a physician anesthesiologist. Endotracheal intubation was the most common (88.5 percent) method of anesthesia delivery. Most diplomates (62.6 percent) favored dental anesthesiology as a recognized specialty by the American Dental Association. Conclusions: The majority of American Board of Pediatric Dentistry diplomates used general anesthesia in their practice. The preferred modality of delivery is oral/nasal intubation, with most services provided by physician anesthesiologists in a hospital/ambulatory setting. Physician anesthesiologists are inclined to provide care in a hospital-based setting. Dentist anesthesiologists provided care in the dental office. Most respondents support dental anesthesiology as a recognized specialty of the American Dental Association.
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Keywords: GENERAL ANESTHESIA; PEDIATRIC DENTIST; SURVEY; USA

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Assistant professor of Clinical Dentistry, at Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif., USA 2: Associate professor of Clinical Dentistry, at Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif., USA;, Email: [email protected] 3: Associate professor, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa., USA

Publication date: March 1, 2018

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  • Pediatric Dentistry is the official publication of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. It is published bi-monthly and is internationally recognized as the leading journal in the area of pediatric dentistry. The journal promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. This peer-reviewed journal features scientific articles, case reports and abstracts of current pediatric dental research.
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