The safety of sedation for overweight/obese children in the dental setting Public Deposited

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  • Kang, Jina
    • Affiliation: School of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Purpose: This study examined childhood overweight/obesity as a risk factor for adverse events during dental sedation procedures for children. Methods: This was a cross-sectional, retrospective, IRB-approved study of pediatric dental sedation records which included 17 years of data (1991-2009). The outcome variables were desaturation, nausea/vomiting, prolonged sedation and true apnea. The explanatory variables were weight percentiles and BMI percentiles. Results: 510 patient records met the inclusion criteria. 431 (86%) experienced no adverse events, 73 (14%) experienced one or more adverse events, and 6 had missing data. BMI data were available for 103 children. Patients who experienced one or more adverse events had higher weight and BMI percentiles. In summary, the normal weight children experienced 12% adverse events versus 18% for those overweight/obese. Conclusions: Weight and BMI percentiles were higher in children who had one or more adverse events. These findings suggest that childhood overweight/obesity may be associated with adverse events during dental sedation procedures.
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  • "... submitted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the degree of Masters of Science in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry in the School of Dentistry."
  • Vann, William
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