Dental Sedation for Children – Thanks to Nintendo!

PediSedate is a new accessory for the Nintendo GameBoy that sedates children for dental or medical procedures.

In addition to headphones, the device has a somewhat disguised gas mask that delivers nitrous oxide to the distracted child. It also monitors breathing.

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Meanwhile, Israeli dentists have found success in calming high-anxiety or special needs children. Instead of traditional dental sedation methods, the technique utilizes lights and music to create a soothing atmosphere.

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Dental Training on the Nintendo Wii

The Nintendo Wii has revolutionized how people play video games. Well, three Scottish dental students think it can do even more than that.

In their final year at the University of Glasgow Dental School, the students developed a way to use the video gaming system to simulate providing dental treatment to a virtual dental patient. They were rewarded with the school’s Dental Innovation Technology Ideas Award.

Though similar computer programs already exist, using the Wii as a platform would make the training more accessible to students. “The use of Wii technology could be a really innovative and cost-effective solution which students could use to improve their manual dexterity,” said the university’s Dr David Watson said.

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