Pediatric Sedation Dentistry (Survey Video)

Pediatric sedation dentistry dentist survey videoPediatric sedation dentistry can be a valuable part of children’s dentistry.

In this survey of dentists, 68% say they are in favor of children’s sedation dentistry. Note that when we asked the same question in 2010, only 52% were in favor.

“It requires extensive training and case selection is very important,” warned a pediatric dentist.

Jim Du Molin and Julie Frey discuss what dentists think about pediatric sedation dentistry:

“At our office, an MD anesthesiologist provides sedation while I perform the dentistry,” said a Missouri dentist.

“I have been doing all forms of sedation for over 30 years,” said a Texas periodontist. “Young children are very brittle and administration requires advanced training for the safest outcomes.”

“It’s the only way to treat some kids,” sighed a Georgia dentist. “I sure am thankful that I can refer to someone who does it as I would not want the liability and stress myself!”

It’s important to remember that kids are dental patients too! And sedation dentistry is a real boon to many dental patients.

Do you have any further thoughts on pediatric sedation dentistry?

Most Dental Practices Like Children

Pediatric Patients Welcomed by Most Dentists

In our most recent survey, we asked dentists if they encourage their adult patients to bring their children in for treatment. The overwhelming 86% of dentists accept pediatric patients majority of dental practices (85%) are happy to accept pediatric patients. The remaining 15% prefer to treat patients over age 14. In addition, rural and female dentists were most likely to treat children.


  • “No! I want to live a long life.” (North Carolina dentist)
  • “I love it when patients bring their children in. I think I am a kid at heart and really can relate to them. It is so much fun.” (Minnesota dentist)
  • “I prefer to treat adults. You have to take longer and charge less on kids.” (Colorado dentist)
  • “If we are truly taking care of the needs of our patients, we should take care all of them, regardless of their age or profitability.” (North Carolina dentist)
  • “Not quite all ages, but certainly about 7 and up, with one proviso: The child can act up only one time; after that, they get referred out.” (New York prosthodontist)
  • “Only 1.8% of all dentists are pediatric dentists. Most dentists will see children under the age of 5 years.” (Ohio pediatric dentist)
  • “Why not? If they are manageable, they can become your dental patients for life.” (Florida dentist)
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