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Sedation of anxious children undergoing dental treatment

Eastman Dental Institute, Department of Paediatric Dentistry, 256 Gray's Inn Rd, London, UK, WC1X 8LD.
Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online) (Impact Factor: 5.94). 02/2006; 1(1):CD003877. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003877.pub3
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ABSTRACT Fear of the dentist or behaviour management problems can result in a child's tooth decay going untreated. Behavioural techniques play an important role in managing anxiety, however, some children still find it difficult to tolerate dental treatment and may require sedation. This review examined the effectiveness of drugs that sedate a child whilst keeping them conscious. Due to the poor quality of the research, the review was unable to determine which drugs or methods of sedation are the best for managing a child's anxiety or behaviour.

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