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Sedate Your Kids While They Play 264

Posted by samzenpus
from the nap-time dept.
If your child won't sit still at the dentist, the doctor, or the kitchen table, you need the PediSedate Helmet. The device consisting of a colorful headset that connects to a game component or a portable CD player. After a snorkel attachment goes into the child's mouth, the helmet will monitor respiratory function and distribute nitrous oxide or anesthetic gas. The company website states, "The child comfortably becomes sedated while playing with a Nintendo Game Boy system or listening to music. This dramatically improves the hospital or dental experience for the child, parents and healthcare providers."

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  • Hmm... (Score:4, Informative)

    by FlyingSquidStudios (1031284) on Thursday May 21, 2009 @02:42PM (#28043595) Homepage
    I smell Joey Skaggs [wikipedia.org] at work.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 21, 2009 @02:47PM (#28043679)

    All the listed news coverage on their sidebar seems to indicate this was covered in 2002. Any reviews on how it worked?

  • Re:WTF (Score:3, Informative)

    by Amouth (879122) on Thursday May 21, 2009 @02:47PM (#28043685)

    because they put it under games..

  • by DAldredge (2353) <SlashdotEmail@GMail.Com> on Thursday May 21, 2009 @02:52PM (#28043807) Journal
    It is a medical device, it isn't meant for the general public. PediSedate is a medical device consisting of a colorful, toy-like headset that connects to a game component such as the Nintendo Game Boy system or a portable CD player. Once the child places it on his or her head and swings the snorkel down from its resting place atop the head, PediSedate transparently monitors respiratory function and distributes nitrous oxide, an anesthetic gas. The child comfortably becomes sedated while playing with a Nintendo Game Boy system or listening to music. This dramatically improves the hospital or dental experience for the child, parents and healthcare providers. The result is a system that provides a calming influence over the children, monitors the child continuously, allows the procedure to be performed by less skilled personnel, increases the speed with which procedures can be performed and makes the procedure a less stressful experience for all involved. Each headset can be used multiple times per day by replacing the disposable components contained in the disposable kit. PediSedate consists of a state of the art anesthesia administration and monitoring system. A pulse-oximeter within the headset, monitors oxygenation and a capnometer monitors second-to-second respiratory rate ensuring the safety of the patient. This currently is not the standard of care in outpatient settings. The PediSedate anesthesia delivery system delivers Nitrous Oxide and other volatile agents via a patented anesthesia delivery/scavenging mask situated in the snorkel. Inhalation anesthesia is both painless and titrateable. The benefits of volatile anesthetics are that onset and recovery times are rapid, which reduces cost to the healthcare system.
  • Brave New World... (Score:3, Informative)

    by Akido37 (1473009) on Thursday May 21, 2009 @02:56PM (#28043921)
    Didn't I read about this somewhere before?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 21, 2009 @03:05PM (#28044063)

    PROTIP: it's not addictive. (Nor is it even metabolised by the body.)

    Not much point to it on its own anyway, it only really becomes worthwhile in combination with acid / shrooms.

  • by fubar1971 (641721) on Thursday May 21, 2009 @03:06PM (#28044079) Homepage
    It's not meant for parents. Easier way to sedate a child for medical purposes. RTFA

    Parents use Strawberry flavored milk and sudafed.
  • RTFA (Score:5, Informative)

    by fubar1971 (641721) on Thursday May 21, 2009 @03:13PM (#28044185) Homepage
    RTFA!!!!!!!

    It is for medical use only. Evryone that is bitching about Parents not being parents, and ADD, smacking kids, etc. Please RTFA
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 21, 2009 @03:20PM (#28044311)

    b) monitor the child's vitals (it implies this isn't standard practice for NO2 at the dentist)

    A dentist needs something like an extra 2 years of med school to get his anaesthesia cert. Many small practices will bring an outside guy to do it because of this. This device does not obviate that requirement.

  • Re:Relax people (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 21, 2009 @03:23PM (#28044347)

    It's *not* a joke. It's not for home use. One hospital is using it. The summary is beyond misleading, it's completely false.

  • by Locke2005 (849178) on Thursday May 21, 2009 @03:28PM (#28044413)
    I find paregoric [wikipedia.org] to be much more effective. Just give the kid the whole bottle, and you can finally get a well-deserved rest!
  • by BlitzTech (1386589) on Thursday May 21, 2009 @04:03PM (#28044997)
    Nitrous oxide is non-addictive. In many people, it gives an enhanced sense of euphoria, though a majority of that feeling comes from near-asphyxiation. It's a bit more potent than Dust-Off, but otherwise gives similar results.
  • by vidarh (309115) <vidar@hokstad.com> on Thursday May 21, 2009 @04:16PM (#28045171) Homepage Journal
    Nitrous doesn't prevent pain in most people to any great degree. It mostly make you care less and react less to it and give a sense of wellbeing.

    I've used it while at the dentist (though not any more - it's too expensive to be worth it), and it was nowhere near strong enough to replace a novocaine injection or others for anything but the most trivial stuff that I wouldn't have minded doing without any sedation at all anyway.

    It was however a very pleasant addition. When I had nitrous, I was in the chair with headphones listening to relaxing music, some dark glasses and just laid there breathing in the nitrous, mouth wide open, wondering why that silly man kept disturbing me to get me to open wider.

    I left the dentist more relaxed than when I came, with the added bonus that it's out of your system in a minute or so.

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