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Brief Report: Analysis of Dental Treatment Provided Under General Anaesthesia for Children and Young Adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Identification of Challenges for Dental Services

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Jennifer Ann Parry, Sinead Brosnan, J Tim Newton, Conor Linehan, Christian Ryan

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4698-4703
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number12
Early online date8 Feb 2021
E-pub ahead of print8 Feb 2021
PublishedDec 2021

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Funding Information: This paper will contribute to the preparation of a doctoral dissertation for J Parry. Publisher Copyright: © 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC part of Springer Nature.

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Dental treatment provided under general anaesthesia (DGA) is an expectation for many children and young adults (CYA) diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Planning and delivery of DGA requires consideration of morbidity and mortality risks and implications for families and healthcare services. One hundred patient records of CYA with special healthcare needs were analysed to examine characteristics and experience of DGA revealing that 79% of CYA had a diagnosis of ASD. Forty-seven percent of CYA diagnosed with ASD had at least one previous hospital admission for DGA. For 24% of this repeat DGA group, the previous DGA was within a two-year period. Results highlight a high rate of DGA and need to investigate more effective primary dental care strategies.

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