Pediatric Dentistry Department Policy

 Policies and procedures in this manual will be active starting April 1st , 2016:

  • Working hours are Sunday- Thursday from 7:30 A.M to 1:30 P.M.
  • Termination of previous “appointment system”, and start of “walk-in” system, in both morning and afternoon sessions.
  • Each clinic accepts (10 – 12) patients plus any patients with medical emergencies during the morning shifts, and (6 – 8) patients in the afternoon shifts.
  • Patients can be treated in their respective dental centers according to their governate address, without a referral letter from a polyclinic. The patients civil ID must be presented.
  • Children up to the age of 6 years old are entitled for treatment in pediatric dental clinics until they start elementary school where they will continue their treatment in school oral health program. The date of accepting patients will change according to starting date of school year per the Ministry of Education calendar.
  • All children with special needs (Kuwaitis and Non- Kuwaitis) up to the age 12 will be entitled for services in all pediatric dentistry units in specialized dental centers and can be treated under general anesthesia if necessary.
  • Special need patients include any physical, developmental, mental, sensory, or limiting condition that require medical management, health care intervention and /or use of specialized service or programs. This condition may be congenital, developmental, or acquired through disease, trauma, or environmental causing limitation in performing daily self –maintenance or limitation in daily activity.
  • Pediatric dental clinics in the polyclinics will accept Non-Kuwaiti patients up to 8 years of age.
  • The Pediatric Dental Unit in each dental center will accept only two siblings from the same family on the same day
  • Parents or legal guardians should accompany the patient at all times. Domestic help, nannies or siblings below the age of 18 years are not allowed to accompany the patient or to give consent for treatment.
  • Only one child is allowed in the clinic during treatment.
  • Photography by parents inside the clinic is not allowed without a written permission from the head of dental center.
  • Quadrant treatment will be performed during each treatment session
  • Radiographs should be obtained prior to dental treatment, if radiographs can’t be obtained due to patients non-compliance this must be documented in the file.
  •  Preventive orthodontics, including space maintenance is provided only for Kuwaiti children.
  • Protective immobilization must not be used routinely, and can be used only for emergency treatment or patients who become uncooperative during treatment.
  • All dental caries should be treated and never left without treatment. This includes both anterior and posterior primary dentition.
  • Fuje II is not considered as permanent restoration and is advised to be replaced with chemfil glass ionomer or SDR.
  • Class I restorations in primary teeth with close contacts require bitewing radiographs before treatment.
  • In interproximal cavities in primary molars, removal of all caries lesion before placing final restoration is a must, and placing GIC restoration before SSC is recommended.
  • Complete caries removal before placing any definitive restoration (e.g. composite, SSC).
  •  In large interproximal cavities, it is preferable to perform pulpotomy treatment before restoring with SSC.
  • Inferior alveolar nerve block using lidocaine 2% or 3% and buccal infiltration is recommended in treating lower primary molars with pulp therapy or extraction techniques.

This policy had been reviewed and approved by:

  • Dr. Yousef Al Duwairi, Undersecretary for Dental Affairs at the Ministry of Health, Kuwait.
  • Dr. Sabiha Al Mutawa, Director of Dental Administration.
  • Dr. Suhailah Jaafar, Head of Pediatric Dentistry Department.
  • Heads of Pediatric Dentistry units.