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Given the risks associated with sedation, "the dentist should have a frank discussion with the parents on the risks and benefits of anesthesia for treating the underlying disease," said Dr. Answers like "it's only a few pills" or "it's just something that relaxes you" are red flags, said Dr. Rafetto, past president of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Will there be a separate provider for general anesthesia in the room?
Jim Nickman, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. "I would insist on a separate qualified anesthesia professional looking after my child," Sibert advised. How much experience does this person have caring for kids my child’s age? How will my child be monitored during the procedure? Ask if the office has EKG, blood pressure, pulse oximetry and end tidal carbon dioxide monitors, Rafetto said. Who is going to be in the room if something goes wrong?
Ultimately Friedman isn’t convinced that the benefits of sedation outweigh the risks.
“In my opinion, there’s no excuse to give any of these kids general anesthesia,” he said.
"There are events where children have had sedation, get in a car seat or a car, their respiratory rate goes down and they're just quiet and someone may not know," she noted."If we can prevent one more child from an adverse event or a death, we’ve got to try,” Swanson told NBC News. The state boards that oversee dental practice in America usually don’t make that kind of information public.It's unclear how many children — or adults, in general — have died in the U. But earlier this month, a Texas high school student died about a week after undergoing anesthesia to have his wisdom teeth removed.Sibert would have no problem with her grandsons having a procedure in a dentist's office if all it would require is “local anesthesia, nitrous, and cartoons.” Kids can come out of sedation a little slower than adults and need prolonged observation, Swanson said.
Before you go home, make sure your child is no longer sedated — he’s not falling asleep and not slowing his breathing, Swanson noted.“Parents can also simply ask, ‘Can this wait a year or two?