By:El-Meligy, O (El-Meligy, Omar)[ 1,2 ] ; Maashi, M (Maashi, Manal)[ 3 ] ; Al-Mushayt, A (Al-Mushayt, Abdullah)[ 4 ] ; Al-Nowaiser, A (Al-Nowaiser, Abeer)[ 4 ] ; Al-Mubark, S (Al-Mubark, Sultan)[ 5 ]
OURNAL OF CLINICAL PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY
Published: WIN 2016
Objectives: Changes in oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) among 40 children with special health care needs (CSHCN) aged 5-14 years before and 12 months after full-mouth rehabilitation (FMR) under general anesthesia (GA) in two hospitals in Jeddah city were assessed Study design: The questionnaire was delivered to the parents/caregivers at baseline (pre-operative) and at the 12-month post-operative follow-up visit. Medical and dental histories and clinical findings were correlated accordingly. Results: The follow-up response rate was 87.5% with 35 children completing a 12-month follow-up visit. The age range was from 5 to 12 years with a mean of 7.3 +/- 2.4 years. More than half of the study sample was boys (63%) in the 5-8 year age-group (69%). The impact on OHRQoL was reportedly negative before FMR under GA, with overall scores ranging from 12 to 68 and a mean of 43.34 +/- 14.83. OHRQoL improved significantly in all aspects evaluated (P<0.05) following FMR under GA with overall scores ranging from 4 to 41 and a mean of 18.86 +/- 8.54. Conclusions: Treating CSHCN under GA, with 3-month recall visits for the patients, had a significant long-term effect on their OHRQoL extending up to 12 months postoperatively.