Agents Used for Pediatric Dental Sedation Kim, Jiyeon; Jeong, Taesung; Yang, Yeonmi; Yoo, Seunghoon; Choi, Sungchul; Shin, Teojeon;
Sedation is an indispensable part of contemporary pediatric dentistry. The Korean Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (KAPD) organized the dental sedation committee to help members perform safer and more effective sedation. The committee surveyed 111 members who practice dental sedation to figure out the present state of sedation in 2014. According to the survey, 86% of the respondents indicated that they were interested in continuing education of sedation. The most interesting topic was sedation related emergency management, followed by safe dosages of sedative drugs. However, it is not realistic to establish the recommended dosages as a guideline since the selection of agents and dosages depend on various factors. In order to provide successful sedation, pediatric dentist should make an individual sedation plan for each procedure. It is important to understand not only the properties of each sedative, but also interactions with other drugs. This article reviews useful information of commonly used agents for dental sedation and summarizes the recommended dosages from the Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR) and some famous pediatric dentistry textbooks.
Korean Academy of Pediatric Dentistry : Textbook of Pediatric Dentistry. 5th ed., Yenang INC., 217-270, 2014.
American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry : Guideline for Monitoring and Management of Pediatric Patients During and After Sedation for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures (2006). Pediatr Dent, 34:194-210, 2012.
Wilson S, Alcaino EA : Survey on sedation in paediatric dentistry : a global perspective. Int J Paediatr Dent, 21:321-32, 2011.
Yang Y, Shin T, Jeong T, et al. : Survey of Sedation Practices by Pediatric Dentists. J Korean Acad Pediatr Dent, 41:257-65, 2014.