Sedating children for dental work

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When the procedure is complete, the nitrous oxide will be turned off and your child will breathe in pure oxygen for about 5 minutes to clear out any remaining gas.

You should limit your child to a very light meal before this procedure, such as toast or a bagel.

Review question The aim of this Cochrane Review was to find out which drugs used to sedate children during dental treatment were the most effective.

Background Fear of the dentist may be expressed as unco-operative behaviour in children requiring dental treatment.

Key results Oral midazolam probably improves behaviour of children during dental treatment.

We evaluated other sedatives but there is insufficient evidence to draw any conclusions.

A total of 50 randomised controlled trials were included with a total of 3704 participants.

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