Managing Anxiety In Children: The Role Of Oral Sedation In Pediatric Dentistry

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V.Ranjith Akshay Seshadri
Mahesh Ramakrishnan


Children, Pediatric, Managing


Conscious sedation is a commonly used technique in pediatric dentistry to manage anxiety and behavior of young patients during dental procedures. The goal of conscious sedation is to provide a safe and effective way to alleviate anxiety and pain while allowing the child to remain responsive and conscious. There are various drugs used for conscious sedation in pediatric dentistry, including benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and nitrous oxide. The advantages of conscious sedation in pediatric dentistry include reduced anxiety, improved cooperation, and reduced pain perception. However, there are also potential disadvantages, such as the risk of adverse events and the need for trained personnel to monitor the patient during and after the procedure. Despite the potential disadvantages, conscious sedation remains an important tool in pediatric dentistry for the management of anxious or uncooperative patients. It is important for dental professionals to carefully consider the benefits and risks of conscious sedation and choose the most appropriate technique and drug for each patient based on their medical history, age, and level of anxiety

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