European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 265–270 | Cite as

Utilising a paediatric version of the indicator of sedation need for children’s dental care: a pilot study

  • M. Madouh
  • J. F. TahmassebiEmail author
Original Scientific Article



To assess the treatment outcomes of using inhalation sedation for comprehensive dental care in children by utilising a modified version of the indicator of sedation need tool.


Investigating the outcomes of dental treatment of patients referred to the sedation unit at the Leeds Dental Institute when the paediatric version of the indicator of sedation need (p-IOSN) was utilised.


Forty patients of mean age 9.99 (SD = 3.14) years were followed up to ascertain treatment outcomes when the p-IOSN was used. Of the total of 40 children included, 20 scored 6 on p-IOSN. Treatment completion rate was 72.5 %. Although major differences existed between age and treatment outcomes, they failed to achieve statistical significance. No significant association was found between gender and p-IOSN of any score with any treatment outcome.


p-IOSN may be a useful tool that can be used to predict those child patients who would benefit from sedation for their dental treatment. However, the p-IOSN is still in a developmental stage and further research is required prior to its use on clinical grounds.


Sedation Children Dental care 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest. The authors alone are responsible for the content and writing of the manuscript.

Ethical approval

The present study received ethical approval from the Dental Research Ethics Committee (DREC) at the Leeds Dental Institute (LDI), the National Research Ethics Service (NRES) and the Leeds Research and Development Directorate (R&D) in order for it to be performed at the Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust (LTHT) (REC reference: 12/NW/0770, IRAS reference:103361).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Al-Adan Dental CentreKuwait CityKuwait
  2. 2.Department of Paediatric DentistryLeeds Dental Institute, University of LeedsLeedsUK

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