Dental treatment concepts for pregnant patients—results of a survey

J Pistorius, J Kraft, B Willershausen
European Journal of Medical Research 2003 June 30, 8 (6): 241-6

AIMS AND METHODS: 702 dentists in private practices were surveyed about dental treatments of pregnant patients with an anonymous questionnaire.

RESULTS: 61.3% of the dentists indicated that they treat pregnant patients, 35.5% postponed treatment to a postnatal time if possible and 3.4% referred these patients to dental clinics. The most frequently occurring treatments measures were pain and emergency treatments in 53.3% of the cases, followed by restorative treatments (42.9%) and oral hygiene measures (39.7%). Only 9.8% of the dentists performed all necessary treatments, 14% were against using an anesthetic during pregnancy. Less than 50% of the dentists indicated they would not perform a treatment in the first trimester and 8.5% said they would not treat in the second trimester.

CONCLUSIONS: The present study shows that only 54.6% of the surveyed dentists felt they were sufficiently informed and educated about the treatment of pregnant patients.


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