Medical History Mysteries: Local anesthetics for pediatric patients

March 15, 2022
Drs. Pamela Maragliano-Muniz and Tom Viola discuss the three types of medications used most in dentistry and how they relate to your youngest patients, as well as which local anesthetics are safest.

The one word that matters most in pediatric dentistry when it comes to anesthesia is dose. Do you know the pediatric dose of the medication you are giving your patient? Further, do you know the maximum pediatric dose?

The key to remember is that kids are not little adults. You must know whether the specific drug you’re using is safe for your specific pediatric patent. We can’t make any assumptions because kids have systemic illnesses just like adults do.

In this episode of Medical History Mysteries, we’ll talk about what types of local anesthetics are safe for children and what types of injection techniques work best. We’ll also look at the three types of medications used most in dentistry and how they relate to your youngest patients.

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Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Through the Loupes newsletter, a publication of the Endeavor Business Media Dental Group. Read more articles and subscribe to Through the Loupes.