Caregiver satisfaction with interim silver diamine fluoride applications for their children with caries prior to operating room treatment or sedation

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  • Objective: To ascertain caregiver satisfaction with silver diamine fluoride (SDF) application(s) as an intermediate care path for their children with caries. Methods: Caregivers were recruited at two community health centers when they arrived for a previously scheduled operating room/sedation appointment for their children with caries who had previously been treated with SDF. They were asked to complete a survey regarding their satisfaction with SDF treatment while they waited during their children's dental treatment. Results: Caregivers overwhelmingly reported that they were satisfied with SDF treatment (81.3%), and that the black mark was not an issue for their children (91.7%) or themselves (87.5%). Moreover, their perception of their children's oral health quality of life was high. Conclusions: By arresting caries, SDF offers an intermediate care path for pediatric patients for whom OR/sedation treatment was not immediately available. Moreover, most caregivers were satisfied with SDF treatment for their children.
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  • Cernigliaro D; Kumar A; Northridge ME; Wu Y; Troxel AB; Cunha-Cruz J; Balzer J; Okuji DM
  • Start Page

  • 286
  • End Page

  • 291
  • Volume

  • 79
  • Issue

  • 4