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Vol. 73, No. 1
ISSN: 1488-2159
February 2007


Understanding the Patient with Epilepsy and Seizures in the Dental Practice


• Cecilia E. Aragon, DDS, MS •
• Jorge G. Burneo, MD, MSPH •

A b s t r a c t

Epilepsy, which is characterized by the risk of recurrent seizures, is a chronic disease that afflicts about 200,000 Canadians at any one time. Dentists with a thorough knowledge of seizure disorders and the medications used to treat them can provide necessary dental and oral health care to these patients. In this review, we summarize current knowledge of epilepsy, seizures and antiepileptic drugs and provide information on dental-related issues, as well as guidelines for the management of an acute seizure in the dental office.


MeSH Key Words: dental care for chronically ill; emergency treatment; epilepsy/physiopathology
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