Dental Management of the Pregnant Patient

DOI: https://doi.org/10.25241/stomaeduj.2020.7(3).bookreview.5

Author: Christos A. Skouteris

The physiological changes that occur during pregnancy must be known to the dental practitioner for him to know how to plan and treat pregnant patients. Dr. Christos A. Skouteris (University of Michigan School of Medicine in Ann Arbor, USA) and the 6 contributors, draft their first book, Dental Management of the
Pregnant Patient, on how to approach such patients. The book is divided into 9 chapters, plus a series of appendices, a Self-Assessment Quiz and an Index. The presentation of the ethical issues in the treatment of the pregnant patient is followed by the physiologic changes and their implications in the dental management of pregnant patients: cardiovascular, respiratory, hematologic, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, endocrine, immunologic, dermatologic, musculoskeletal, psychologic and behavioral changes. There follows a presentation of the general principles for the comprehensive treatment of pregnant patients, including prenatal counseling and prevention. A special place is occupied by the dental, oral, and maxillofacial diseases and conditions and their treatment. The book includes a description of each treatment of dental diseases, odontogenic oral and maxillofacial infections, benign diseases and conditions management of oral and maxillofacial malignancy and management of oral and maxillofacial trauma. The book tackles known postnatal considerations on medical contraindications, infant oral health and procedures and medications during breastfeeding, Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) in pregnancy and obstetric gynecologic emergencies. The book provides information on emergency medical and gynecological issues in pregnant patients, and is an indispensable guide for any practitioner who is treating a pregnant woman.

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