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End to kids' dental fears?

A new technique to make child dental patients more comfortable when undergoing general anaesthesia has just emerged

The discovery has been made in the journal Anesthesia Progress, where the author presents a technique known as Bispectral Index System (BIS) guided anaesthesia. The dentist anaesthesiologist will still provide sevoflurane to induce anesthesia, but recovery time is shortened by decreasing the concentration of the drug as the surgeon finishes.

The effects of the procedure ensure that a child will not feel delirious or anxious after surgery. The author notes that the effects of the second drug will be gone within 15-20 minutes.

The author has put the technique into practice, using it in more than 300 procedures. He reports that the children experienced less agitation and delirium after their surgery more than 90% of the time. With further study using large, double-blinded groups of patients, the method may prove to be an effective option for children facing dental surgery.

The full text of ‘Prevention of Sevoflurane Delirium and Agitation With Propofol,’ and other articles from Anesthesia Progress are available at http://www.anesthesiaprogress.org/doi/full/10.2344/0003-3006-60.3.67.

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