European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 100–105 | Cite as

An audit of single drug (propofol) dental general anaesthesia in children

  • J. S. J. VeerkampEmail author
  • T. Porcelijn
  • J. M. B. Wennink


Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate and describe the (dis)advantages of intravenous single drug anaesthesia (IVA) using the target-controlled infusion of propofol in order to validate a protocol. The treatments were performed in two secondary dental care clinics in Amsterdam. Methods: Retrospective study of the anaesthetic reports and medical history of 950 patients treated were screened for any irregularities and medical problems. Results: Most children treated were in the age group 2–5 years, time needed to wake up decreased significantly with age. Fourteen children dropped out of the planned IVA treatment because of medical reasons, 12 of whom were treated under general anaesthesia (GA). A further 26 were treated under GA because of convenience reasons. Total number of medical problems prior to treatment was 45 and mild complications were 42. Conclusions: There was a low morbidity in patients treated. The method seems to be successful in young children and creates an increase of treatment capacity in the field of special dental care. Preoperative screening is necessary, on paper and after consultation of a specialist. However blood test screening for allergies seem to be questionable. The treatment method is not possible without the presence of the anaesthesiologist and his team.

Key words

sedation propofol children dentistry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. S. J. Veerkamp
    • 1
    Email author
  • T. Porcelijn
    • 2
  • J. M. B. Wennink
    • 3
  1. 1.Cariology, Endontology, Pedodontology, ACTAUniversity of AmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Clinic for Special Dental Care (SBT)AmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Lucas Andreas Paediatric hospitalAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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