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Recall Interval and Caries in Patients Sedated for Preventative Care

Jeffries, Leesa (2021) Recall Interval and Caries in Patients Sedated for Preventative Care. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Purpose: For patients with special health care needs who require intravenous sedation or general anesthesia for preventative dental care, there are few guidelines regarding ideal recall intervals. The purpose of this retrospective chart review was to investigate an association between caries incidence and length of recall interval to help determine guidelines for frequency of sedation for preventative care. This study particularly focused on adolescent and adult patients with special health care needs who require IV sedation or general anesthesia for dental prophylaxis and examination. Methods: A total of 375 recall visits were reviewed from 99 electronic medical records belonging to the University of Pittsburgh Center for Patients with Special Health Care Needs. The number of months between each recall visit was recorded as well as the number of carious lesions requiring treatment at each appointment. In addition, place of residence, history of caries within the past three years, and total number of carious lesions requiring treatment, were recorded from 87 patient charts. Linear regression was used to evaluate the primary outcome. Results: The length of time between recall visits was found to be a predictor of carious teeth requiring treatment (P=0.027). Patients with a history of caries within the past three years were more likely to experience new carious lesions (P=0.048). Conclusions: There appears to be an association between length of recall interval and number of carious teeth requiring treatment in this specific patient population.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Jeffries, LeesaLRJ18@pitt.eduLRJ18
Contributors:
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFinegold, Daviddnf@pitt.edudnfUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberStuden-Pavlovich, Deborahdas12@pitt.edudasUNSPECIFIED
Date: 10 May 2021
Date Type: Completion
Submission Date: 4 March 2021
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 21
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Multidisciplinary MPH
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: caries, special needs, sedation, general anesthesia
Date Deposited: 10 May 2021 22:45
Last Modified: 10 May 2021 22:45
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/40343

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