April 11, 2019
By John R. Ayre, DDS
Pediatric sedation is a valuable adjunct to treatment in many cases where children are anxious or uncooperative. However, this drug-induced depression of consciousness can also pose dangers to the emotional and physical health of young patients; therefore, proper safety and training are crucial when it comes to ensuring successful sedation. A child’s response to sedatives can vary widely. The author concludes that clinicians must follow a thorough and organized process for evaluating pediatric patients, discussing sedation with parents and managing risk to carry out treatment.
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John R. Ayre, DDS
My Kid's Dentist and Orthodontics