European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 106–111 | Cite as

An inhalation sedation patient profile at a specialist paediatric dentistry unit: a retrospective survey

  • A. Busuttil NaudiEmail author
  • C. Campbell
  • J. Holt
  • M. T. Hosey


Aims: To report on the characteristics, treatment, attendance, scheduling and duration of treatment sessions of child patients attending a specialist paediatric dental hospital service for inhalation sedation. Method: A retrospective study was carried out of all 88 patient case notes of inhalation sedation recipients between September 2004 and March 2005. The recorded data included: child’s age, gender and the level of social deprivation together with the details of the treatment that was undertaken, the time between the first and the current/last sedation appointment and the total number of appointments attended, cancelled and missed. Results: Twenty of the subjects were excluded giving a sample of 68; 51% male, mean age at start of treatment of 9.8 years (range 4 to 15) and mean age at end of treatment 10.6 years (range 4 to 16). Of these children 35 (51%) were socially deprived. In respect to treatment, 29% had extractions, 22% endodontics, 81% restorations and 25% fissure sealants. In respect to the number of quadrants that had teeth requiring treatment; 26.5% had one, 25% two, 22% three and 26.5% had four. The mean number of treatment sessions required was 4.4 with a mean duration between first appointment and last appointment of 9.5 months (range: 0.25–51). There were 27% of appointments cancelled, while 12% of patients failed to keep their appointment. Conclusions: Although over half of the children treated under inhalation sedation, came from social deprived areas attendance was reasonable and the majority required less than 5 appointments for treatment completion. The treatment provided was variable not only in respect to the procedures but also to the number of quadrants treated.

Key words

Child anxiety inhalation sedation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Busuttil Naudi
    • 1
    Email author
  • C. Campbell
    • 1
  • J. Holt
    • 1
  • M. T. Hosey
    • 1
  1. 1.Child Dental Health DepartmentGlasgow Dental Hospital and SchoolGlasgowScotland

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