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Use of Midazolam to Modify Children's Behovior in the Dental Setting Use of Midazolam to Modify Children's Behovior in the Dental Setting

Author(s):

Fred Margolis, DDS

Date Added:

1/1/0001


Summary:

One of the most common challenges that the dentist who treats children faces is the behavior management of the difficult child. Most children react favorably to the traditional behavior management technique of "tell-show-do." Some children are not accepting of treatment due to fear, pain, anxiety, maturity or a combination of these. Pharmacologic methods of modifying children's behavior are sometimes necessary to accomplish the necessary treatment for the child. Nitrous oxide is a commonly used pharmacologic agent but has the main disadvantage in children of being a nasal inhalation agent. One of the newer medications available to the dentist for use in children is midazolam (Bedford Laboratories, Bedford, OH) (Versed). Midazolam is a benzodiazepine and was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in November 1998

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