Risks of sedating a toddler
“It doesn’t take much to obstruct a small child’s airway. They can choke on a little bit of blood.” In a hospital or an ambulatory surgery center, there are medical support systems to help a child in distress.In an office setting,"by the time anyone gets there, the child is in such deep trouble, it’s too late,” said Sibert.But one thing is certain, “there are too many of them,” said Dr.
If the procedure is being done in an outpatient clinic without a pediatric anesthesiologist, make sure it’s low risk, Swanson noted."We advise members to use extreme caution when they're looking at sedating a child less than 3. Get up and walk out if somebody says, "Oh, I took a weekend course and I just started doing this, but it's going to be OK," said Dr. The staff should be prepared to recognize and respond to crisis situations. Instinct matters, so if you feel unsettled, consult another doctor, Swanson said.For those under the age of 2, I would recommend anesthesia be done in a hospital setting." Before child undergoes any serious dental procedure: Parents should ask questions until they have no more, and they should always feel they have all the information they need to give consent for an elective procedure, said pediatrician Swanson. What procedure are you going to do and do you have to do it? It also is appropriate to ask about the office's safety record, he added. Are you going to use a Papoose Board — a temporary restraint? “Get a second opinion if it's not a crisis — and very little dental work is a crisis,” Sibert added.Araceli Avila never dreamed that her daughter's life might be at risk during a visit to the dentist.But on June 12, Daleyza Hernandez Avila, 3, died during a dental procedure.