The most common oral narcotic used as a sedative in pediatric dentistry is meperidine (Demerol). It has analgesic, sedative and euphoric properties and potentiates the action of other sedatives. After oral administration its analgesic effects are detected after 15 minutes, reaching a peak effect in 2 hours. Therefore, it tends not to be administered as a standalone sedative agent, but to increase treatment time, depth of sedation and provide analgesic effects. The recommended dosage of oral meperidine is 1.0 mg/kg – 2.0 mg/kg.
The signs and symptoms of narcotic overdose are:
The treatment for narcotic overdose is:
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