Risks of sedating a baby
“So they don’t have to feel the same pain I feel after losing my daughter.” After several recent tragic cases, there are demands for different practices from the influential American Academy of Pediatrics, according to a report by NBC News national correspondent Kate Snow, which first aired on "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly." Dr.
Wendy Sue Swanson of Seattle Children's Hospital and a spokesperson from the influential pediatricians group is sounding the alarm about sedating children for oral surgery.
Parents whose sedated children died during dental procedures often say they were unaware that death was a possibility.
Given the risks associated with sedation, "the dentist should have a frank discussion with the parents on the risks and benefits of anesthesia for treating the underlying disease," said Dr. Answers like "it's only a few pills" or "it's just something that relaxes you" are red flags, said Dr. Rafetto, past president of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Will there be a separate provider for general anesthesia in the room?
Jim Nickman, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. "I would insist on a separate qualified anesthesia professional looking after my child," Sibert advised. How much experience does this person have caring for kids my child’s age? How will my child be monitored during the procedure? Ask if the office has EKG, blood pressure, pulse oximetry and end tidal carbon dioxide monitors, Rafetto said. Who is going to be in the room if something goes wrong?
But one thing is certain, “there are too many of them,” said Dr.
Michael Mashni, a dentist with anesthesia training who practices in California.
Sibert would have no problem with her grandsons having a procedure in a dentist's office if all it would require is “local anesthesia, nitrous, and cartoons.” Kids can come out of sedation a little slower than adults and need prolonged observation, Swanson said.