Pediatric 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.