Monday, July 16, 2012

Dental Professionals Say Sedation for Routine Procedures Is OK On Young Patients !

Interesting Article On Sedating Children for Minor Procedures, Pros and Cons!


"Leading dental professionals say sedation for routine procedures can make it safer to work on young patients whose anxiety can make it difficult or dangerous to
American children are being put at risk by inadequately trained dentists who often seek to enhance profits by sedating their young patients for even routine tooth cleaning and cavity treatments, an ABC News investigation has found.
In many cases, even well-trained dentists have been unable or ill-equipped to handle emergencies with young patients.
More than a dozen children have died after being sedated by dentists, according to the Raven Maria Blanco Foundation, which seeks to alert parents to the potential dangers of the increasingly widespread use of oral sedatives on patients as young as 18-months old.
There is no national registry of dental deaths, and some experts say many deaths go unreported or are never officially tied to dental sedation.
Eight-year old Raven Blanco died after her dentist, Dr. Michael Hechtkopf, gave her "three times the average range" of sedatives, according to the Virginia Board of Dentistry.
The dentist had his license restricted for three months and was ordered to complete seven hours of continuing education in record keeping and risk management. He has since retired."

Interesting article on over sedating children, dental professionals must read this information to be on the safe side of sedating young children.

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