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Dental and Oral Health (Children)

Medication for dental appointment

04/01/2006

Question:

If a dentist feels that a 5 yr old 40lb child needs to be medicated and Rx`s Valium is 7.5 mg a dose that is too high. As a parent I am concerned that this dose is dangerous.

Answer:

The issue of sedating a child for dental treatment goes beyond the dose of medication prescribed. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) publishes guidelines on sedation of children which cover important issues such as training of the involved personnel, monitoring, equipment, preoperative health evaluation and backup emergency services. Be certain that the dentist sedating your child is appropriately trained, and ask if she or he follows the AAPD sedation guidelines.

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Response by:

Dennis J McTigue, DDS Dennis J McTigue, DDS
Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University