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Invasive dental procedures with its barrage of instrumentation, smells, sounds, and reputation are often considered as one of the most anxiety-producing events in our society. The behavior of children in the dental setting during these procedures is interesting and often tricky for the clinical team. Most children are easily managed with behavioral guidance techniques and parental support. Some will require pharmacological management to endure the procedures. Pharmacological management is a continuum ranging from mild anxiolysis to general anesthesia. Many children undergoing invasive dental procedures will be managed with agents that produce mild, moderate, or deep sedation which represents a portion of this pharmacological continuum. The oral route of drug administration is the most popular and frequently used for sedating children in the dental operatory. Safe sedation requires appropriate training of the clinician and his/her understanding and adherence to clinical guidelines. This chapter introduces the concept of sedation of children for dental procedures as well as sets the tenor of the rest of this book.

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Wilson, S. (2015). Introduction. In: Wilson, S. (eds) Oral Sedation for Dental Procedures in Children. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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