Pediatric dental sedation at ASCs: 4 considerations from Dr. Ruben Cohen

Pediatric patients can safely undergo dental surgery at an accredited ASC, but there are several considerations regarding dental anesthesia to weigh prior to a procedure, according to an article Ruben Cohen, DDS, published in HuffPost.

Here four things to note:

1. There are various forms of anesthesia available for patients based on the procedure's length as well as a patient's individualized needs. Some forms include local anesthesia, oral sedative, nitrous oxide, IV sedation and a generate anesthetic. For more on which form is best for specific patients, click here.

2. Patients and their caregivers should ensure the facility is accredited. Many ASCs have American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities accreditation, among other accrediting bodies.

3. Some crucial questions caregivers should ask before the procedure include:

• Did staff undergo current training in emergency resuscitation procedures?
• Does a patient need sedation medication before coming to the ASC for the procedure?
• Does the state dental board mandate a specific sedation/anesthesia permit or license allowing the anesthesia provider to administer the specific level of indicated sedation in the ASC or dental office?

4. Patients should be equipped with specific instructions after the ASC or dental office discharges the patient.

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