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Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Pediatric Dentistry

First Advisor

Dr. Tegwyn H. Brickhouse


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to compare the adverse events that occur with general anesthesia for dental rehabilitation between a hospital setting and dental clinic setting. Methods: A retrospective chart review was performed examining patients who had received dental rehabilitation with general anesthesia at the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Pediatric Dentistry. Subjects were either treated in the Pediatric Dental Clinic or the Hospital Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) from July 2005 to December 2006. Anesthesia records of induction, intubation, maintenance, emergence and recovery were compared between the two settings.Results: There were a total of 422 charts reviewed with n=193 cases in the dental clinic and n=229 cases in the ASC. Patients in the dental clinic setting were slightly older (t = 2.63, df = 420, p-value = 0.0089), and healthier (chi-square = 45.9, df = 2, p-value Conclusion: Overall, the prevalence of adverse events occurring with dental rehabilitation under general anesthesia in the dental clinic setting was lower compared to adverse events in the hospital-based ambulatory surgical setting.


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Date of Submission

June 2008