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Sedating babies

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The World Health Organisation estimates it to be one of the top six causes of death in children under five.

Babies who survive are at high risk of developing serious, lifelong disabilities.

One of children's greatest fears has long been the dentist. Dental sedation, or the practice of using drugs to relax or knock out a patient prior to a procedure, may be far more dangerous than people realize, accounting for at least 31 child deaths over the past 15 years, according to ) reports.

Since 2007, 18,000 dentists across the country have taken weekend-long courses in oral sedation to gain training in techniques that can cost patients tens of thousands of dollars extra in bills per year, but some say the hotel-conference style seminars give a false sense of security.

"This is something that is being presented to the practitioners, the dental community, as a very easy thing to do," Dr.