International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 2, Issue 5, Part G (2016)
Dental trauma to general anesthesia: Does the anesthesiologist perform a pre-anesthetic dental evaluation
Dr. Darpan Nenava, Dr. Nanjunda Swamy KV, Dr. Sadanand Kulkarni, Dr. Prachita Agrawal, Dr. Aakash Sharma
The aim of this study was to assess the awareness among anesthetists regarding prevention and management of injuries to the teeth and their associated structures during anesthesia.
Materials and Methods: Anesthetists practicing in various hospitals in Indore participated in this study. A questionnaire was devised and distributed among them. The completion of the questionnaire by the respondents was taken as their consent to participate in the study.
Results: The results showed that the injury to the oro-dental tissues is a common finding during anesthesia. The maxillary incisors underwent injuries more commonly than the mandibular incisors. Padding of the teeth was the most common precaution taken to prevent injuries to the teeth which, however, is not adequate. The management for such injuries was inadequate and in many cases, the patients’ referral to a dentist was not considered post-operatively.
Conclusion: Pediatric dentists can play a major role in creating the awareness among the anesthesia providers regarding prevention of oro-dental injuries during anesthesia as they deals with both aspect.