How safe is sedation for overweight/obese children?
This summary is based on the article published in the Pediatric Dentistry Journal: The safety of sedation for overweight/obese children in the dental setting (September/October 2012)
Purpose of the Study
Examine childhood overweight/obesity as a risk factor for adverse events during sedation for dental procedures.
- Overall, weight percentiles were higher in children who had one or more adverse events. Similarly, patients with higher body mass index (BMI) percentiles were more likely to experience adverse events.
- Although preliminary in nature, these findings suggest that childhood overweight/obesity may be associated with adverse events during sedation for dental procedures.
- In the interim, practitioners should obtain presedation weight and height and calculate the patient’s body mass index prior to sedation; for children who are overweight/obese, practitioners may want to proceed with additional caution or consider an alternate behavior management strategy.
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