Sedating children dental work
In our Autism Speaks tool kit for dental professionals, we recommend that dentists get advanced training on how and when to properly and safely apply such restraints.It’s perfectly appropriate for you to ask the staff if they’ve received training in protective stabilization, sometimes called “medical immobilization.” Many dentists feel most comfortable with medical immobilization because it’s the safest way to perform dental procedures when the patient can’t be depended on to hold still.For some, it causes nausea, though this rarely lasts for more than a few hours after the appointment.Conscious Sedation: Conscious sedation involves the use of sedatives to produce a calm, sleepy state without loss of consciousness.This can be as simple as having a parent, caregiver or dental assistant hold the patient’s hands.
So ask about your dentist’s qualifications and credentials.
Usually the sedative is given as a pill or liquid one hour before the procedure.
The most common choices include midazolam (Versed), hydroxyzine pamoate (Vistaril), meperidine (Demerol) or chloral hydrate.
Once you have such a dentist whom you trust, I suggest discussing the pros and cons of the following options.
Conventional treatment: With patience and understanding, many children and adults with autism can sit through a normal dental visit without restraints or sedation.
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This distress is amplified for many children and adults with autism.