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Is it safe to use chloral hydrate for a 5 years old child in dental treatment (dentist will be working on 4 molars of upper jaw in one appointment) ?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Safe: As with any medication there are risks and side effects. Your Dentist has determined that hour child requires sedation in order to be treated. Chloral Hydrate has been used safely for decades. Untoward reactions are rare, but not unheard of. Treatment of a 5 year old with sedation is best accomplished by a specialist Pedodontist (Pediatric Dentist).
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends: The standard of care in local medical settings would have each kid attached to a monitoring device that would verify adequacy of oxygen levels and heart beat. This med has been safely used for decades but overdoses do occur.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Oral sedation: Chloral hydrate sedation is considered relatively safe, provided it is administered in the dentist's office by a trained professional such as a pediatric dentist or anesthesiologist. Training, certification and monitoring is essential. If child has any medical problems or you are concerned about safety or competence of doctor, alternative is treatment in hospital but usually not needed
Dr. Robert Douglas
Orthodontics 51 years experience
Yes: Chloral hydrate is a time tested sedative for children

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