A questionnaire of parental perceptions of conscious sedation in pediatric dentistry

Jason White, Martha Wells, Kristopher Arheart, Martin Donaldson, Marjorie A. Woods

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the opinions of parents about oral sedation in pediatric dentistry. Methods: A 21-question questionnaire, administered to parents of children presenting for care in four pediatric dental practices, collected demographic information, media exposure to sedation, and parental knowledge/opinions regarding sedation procedures, such as NPO (nothing by mouth) guidelines, need for restraint, parental presence, and parental acceptance of treatment scenarios. Results: Among 256 questionnaires completed, 235 were usable. Fifty-eight percent of respondents reported using public insurance. Parents agreed/strongly agreed (75 percent) that protective stabilization should not be necessary during sedation, and 87 percent preferred to stay with their child during the appointment. No parents perceived sedation as unsafe. Seventy-three percent of parents were unaware of media coverage of sedation; 82 percent reported it was acceptable for their child to sleep through a sedation appointment, while only 18 percent found it acceptable for the child to be highly reactive. Conclusions: Parents prefer to remain with their child, believe that sedation is safe and restraint should not be necessary, and are more accepting of the child sleeping during treatment. Most parents are unaware of media coverage of dental sedation for children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)116-121
Number of pages6
JournalPediatric Dentistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Conscious Sedation
  • Parents
  • Pediatric Dentistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Dentistry(all)


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