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Dental treatment under sedation versus general anesthesia

Author(s): Zubaida Al Karaawi*

Behavioral control of pediatric or developmental delay patients is one of the most important factors to be considered during dental treatment. When it is difficult to obtain patient cooperation by using conventional methods of behavior management, an alternative methods, such as administration of Conscious Sedation (CS) or General Anesthesia (GA) are implemented. The prevalence of dental caries among Saudi children is greater than 80%. Many of these children attend dental office only if they have dental pain or dental abscess that makes treatment on the dental chair is challenging for the dentist.


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