Introduction: Managing an uncooperative child is the major issue in paediatric dentistry. In such cases general anaesthesia provides safe and effective dental treatment. Thus this study aims to elucidate the knowledge gaps and preconceived ideas that parent brings into a discussion with a paediatric dentist about GA through a questionnaire given to parents. Material and Method: A 17-question questionnaire, administered to parents of children presenting for care in paediatric dental practices, collected demographic information, media exposure, and parental knowledge/ opinions regarding GA procedures, and parental acceptance of treatment scenarios. Results: Maximum respondents were not aware (56.3%) and only few were aware (43.7%) that dental treatments for children is sometimes carried out under GA; 68% of respondents think that GA is safe and 32% think it’s not safe; 52.5% respondent said GA and conscious sedation are not same, 24.1% said yes and 23.4% said they don’t know. Cross tabulations and Pearson’s chi-square statistics were used to examine relationships between categorical variables. Conclusion: Previous GA experience in the family or child had improved parents knowledge on GA but education level of the parents had no influence. Father feels GA is safe. Parents are generally unaware of news coverage pertaining to GA use in Paediatric Dentistry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-241
Number of pages7
JournalIndian Journal of Public Health Research and Development
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 09-2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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