Sedation and General Anesthesia in Pediatric Dentistry
What are the primary objectives of these procedures?
The first and the most important objective is the psychological well being of a
child. One traumatic dental experience at a younger age will last ones entire
lifetime. If some untoward dental experience happens during young age ,the child is going to be aversive to dentistry throughout his or her lifetime.
The second objective is to provide highest quality dental care to children even though they are
uncooperative. One cannot deny dental health just because the child is
uncooperative. Every child has a fundamental right to obtain good oral health.
Are these procedures safe?
All patients must undergo a thorough physical examination by a physician or
pediatrician, anesthetist evaluation, opinion from the concerned specialist (if the child has any other
associated medical condition) ,and few investigations. Once the patient is evaluated well then the chances for any untoward instances are
remote. Medical research has shown high degree of success using these procedures.