Epilepsy and Oral Implications Research Paper by Nicky

Epilepsy and Oral Implications
An overview of epilepsy and the role of oral health.
# 148931 | 1,209 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 15, 2011 in Medical and Health (Dentistry)

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This paper discusses how epilepsy is a challenging condition marked by frequent seizures, that can effect anyone at any age but occurs more often in the young population and can be the result of a myriad of causes. In particular, it examines how seizure disorders in general often create multi-faceted obstacles for health, including but not limited to special oral health needs, which may be laid aside when the condition is at its worst or when resources are limited and the mental state is challenged by medication and the disorder itself. The paper looks at how seizure activity involving the teeth is common and how medications often further the breakdown of oral health and concludes that oral health then needs to be made a priority for individuals with epilepsy and accommodations and that special teaching may need to take place.

Oral Health
Dental Treatment Modifications

From the Paper:

"Treatments for epilepsy usually consist of anti-seizure medications which often have systemic effects and need to be tailored to the individual. Physical effects of anti-seizure medications include drowsiness, lethargy and can easily develop resistance, where the medication becomes less effective over time creating more and more seizure activity. Additionally, transitions from one medication to another are particularly difficult as breakthrough seizures may occur and side effects of various drugs may be extreme. ("New Focus for Epilepsy Research" 6) Other treatments are now being offered, such as surgical treatments but these are often last alternatives, and medication treatment is the most common regimen. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fiske, J & Boyle, C. "Epilepsy and Oral Care." Dental Update., 29.4 (May 2002): 180-187.
  • Friendlander, Walter J. The History of Modern Epilepsy: The Beginning, 1865-1914. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2001.
  • Gregory, Richard L., ed. The Oxford Companion to the Mind. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • Jacobsen, P. L. & Eden O. "Epilepsy and the Dental Management of the Epileptic Patient." Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice., 9.1 (January 2008): 54-62.
  • Karolyhazy, Katalin, Kovacs, Eszter, Kivovics, Peter, Fejerdy, Pal & Aranyi, Zsuzsanna "Dental Status and Oral Health of Patients with Epilepsy: An Epidemiologic Study Epilepsia." 44.8 (July, 2003): 1103-1108.

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