Is sedation safe for kids undergoing dental procedures or medical tests like MRI?

Generally, yes. But better monitoring of children during these procedures is essential, as the death last fall of a 5-year-old Chicago girl following sedation for dental work shows.

Late last year, shortly after the girl’s death, two major groups, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, came out with joint guidelines that had long been in the works to make pediatric sedation safer.