An In-Depth Analysis of After-Hours Pediatric Emergency Dental Care Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Brecher, Erica
    • Affiliation: School of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Objectives: To examine after-hours emergency dental care guidelines and assess related practice patterns of pediatric dentists (PD) and general dentists (GD). Methods: State and national guidelines were examined for language pertaining to after-hours emergency care. A 29-item survey was distributed to PD and GD in North Carolina, assessing demographics and after-hours practice patterns. Respondents were called to validate reported after-hours protocol. Results: Most states followed American Dental Association guidelines, suggesting dentists make reasonable arrangements for the emergency dental care of patients. Eighty-six(46%) PD and 1199(36%) GD completed the survey. More PD than GD had after-hours protocol, practiced in a group, and shared call. Telephone and survey responses significantly differed for GD but not PD. Conclusions: Current after-hours emergency guidelines are nonspecific and open to interpretation. More PD than GD provided comprehensive, continuously accessible dental care. These results highlight gaps in emergency dental practice and a breakdown in the dental home.
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  • Quinonez, Rocio B.
  • Bordley, William
  • Keels, Martha Ann
  • Roberts, Michael
  • Master of Science
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2016

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