Stainless steel crown aspiration during sedation in pediatric dentistr

A. Adewumi, MPaeddent, David W. Kays

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Foreign body aspiration (FBA) causes death in more than 300 children ever y year in the United States. Morbidity and mortality are increased in children due to narrow airways and immature protective mechanisms. Factors to consider in pediatric dentistry are: (1) the patient's age and behavior; (2) presence and extent of disability; (3) local anesthesia; (4) body positioning; and (5) loose teeth. FBA requires prompt recognition and early treatment to minimize potentially serious and sometimes fatal consequences. The purpose of this case report was to describe the aspiration of a stainless steel crown in a 5-year-old boy during conscious sedation. It also discusses how a prompt and accurate diagnosis, early referral, and immediate treatment helped prevent serious complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-62
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric Dentistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Aspiration
  • Pediatric dentistry
  • Stainless steel crown

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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