Sedating children dental work
Before dental professionals administer sedation, most states require that they complete advanced training and licensing.So ask about your dentist’s qualifications and credentials.In addition, the dentist may want to use stabilization restraints and supplemental oxygen during the procedure.General Anesthesia: General anesthesia, which involves loss of consciousness, is a last choice for those who don’t respond to the above options.(Also see for families.) Protective Stabilization: Protective stabilization is an important option when the dental patient can’t be persuaded to sit still in the dental chair.
Importantly, the patient continue breathing through the nose until the dental procedure is complete.
Perhaps you’ve even read the recent tragic news of the young girl who went into cardiac arrest after an apparent overdose of sedative drugs before a root canal. It’s also important to know that dentists don’t generally receive training in the use of restraints, sedation or anesthesia during standard dentistry education.
So I recommend seeking out a dentist who has completed additional training with a focus on these procedures.
Individuals with autism vary widely in how they respond to conscious sedation. So it’s important to carefully screen patients to rule out respiratory problems, evaluate tonsil size and look for other medical contraindications.
If you and your son’s dentist are considering conscious sedation, I recommend having a physician perform a medical exam prior to the dental visit.