Study: 2 Adults Needed for Car Ride after Kids Sedated at Dentist

Posted at: 07/14/2013 10:54 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A preliminary study with a small sampling group indicates children who need sedation for routine dental work should have an adult passenger with them on the ride home to ensure their heads don't slump onto their chests.

Priyanshi Ritwik, associate professor of pediatric dentistry at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, says half of the children in the group slept in the car on the way home.

She says a child's slumped head squeezes air passages. Ritwik says sedated children may not move enough to reopen their airways so an adult should be present to reposition the child's head.

The study covered 46 children ranging from 2 ½ to 9 ¾ years old. The average age was 5 ½ to 6.

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