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Is sedation dentistry safe for children?

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Children may get sedation if they're terrified of going to the dentist or refuse to cooperate during the visit.

Nitrous oxide tends to be safe in children, and just about any dentist can use it.

Some pediatric dentists are trained to give children oral sedation. It can be safe when kept within the recommended dose for the child's age and weight.

SOURCES:

Rai, K, Hegde, A, and Goel, K. 2007; vol 32: pp 1-4. Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry,

American Dental Association: "Policy Statement: The Use of Sedation and General Anesthesia by Dentists."

Joel M. Weaver, DDS, PhD, dentist anesthesiologist; emeritus professor, College of Dentistry, The Ohio State University; spokesman, American Dental Association.

American Dental Association: "Guidelines for the Use of Sedation and Anesthesia by Dentists."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on January 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Rai, K, Hegde, A, and Goel, K. 2007; vol 32: pp 1-4. Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry,

American Dental Association: "Policy Statement: The Use of Sedation and General Anesthesia by Dentists."

Joel M. Weaver, DDS, PhD, dentist anesthesiologist; emeritus professor, College of Dentistry, The Ohio State University; spokesman, American Dental Association.

American Dental Association: "Guidelines for the Use of Sedation and Anesthesia by Dentists."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on January 15, 2018

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