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Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Pediatric Dentistry

First Advisor

Dr. Tegwyn Brickhouse


Purpose: To determine whether Bispectral Index Monitoring is an effective tool for quantifying sedation depth after the administration of oral drug regimens in children.Methods: This retrospective study reviewed the charts of 75 children who received oral conscious sedation for dental treatment. Data collected from the chart included; 1) BIS values at 5 minute intervals and at five critical events: pre-operative, local anesthesia delivery, rubber dam placement (if utilized), during operative treatment, and postoperatively, 2) behavior ratings at the five critical events and an overall behavior assessment, 3) treatment data, and 4) demographic data. Results: The mean BIS value for orally sedation children in this study was 84.53 (SD = 5.76). The mean overall sedation assessment was 2.04 (SD = 1.16). No significant correlation was found between BIS values and behavioral ratings.Conclusion: The BIS monitor provided limited information regarding the depth of sedation in children undergoing oral sedation for dental treatment.


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Date of Submission

June 2008