Monday, January 08, 2007
A Pulse Oximeter is the primary monitoring system used with Conscious Sedation in Pediatric Dentistry. Used in combination with other monitoring methods, it measures the pulse rate and oxygen saturation of the blood. It is non-invasive. In fact it is just a little sensor that shines a red light accross the finger or earlobe to measure the saturation of the hemoglobin molecule. It can provide an early warning of respiratory depression and is especially useful in children. This machine also measures blood pressure. Although, in children you are likely to see a problem with oxygen saturation before BP.