Risks of sedating

H2 blockers (eg, ranitidine, famotidine) commonly are used for the treatment of heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease.

These medications decrease gastric acid secretion in the stomach by antagonizing the effects of histamine at H2 receptors found in gastrointestinal parietal cells.

At higher doses it may result in slurred speech, staggering gait, poor judgment, and slow, uncertain reflexes.

Doses of sedatives such as benzodiazepines, when used as a hypnotic to induce sleep, tend to be higher than amounts used to relieve anxiety, whereas only low doses are needed to provide a peaceful effect.

These sedating antihistamines often are used alone or in combination with other ingredients in cold and cough medications, and over-the-counter (OTC) sleep aid products.

"If we can prevent one more child from an adverse event or a death, we’ve got to try,” Swanson told NBC News. The state boards that oversee dental practice in America usually don’t make that kind of information public.

It's unclear how many children — or adults, in general — have died in the U. But earlier this month, a Texas high school student died about a week after undergoing anesthesia to have his wisdom teeth removed.

Doctors mainly prescribe Percocet to relieve short-term, moderate pain associated with surgery, dental procedures, or injuries.

Percocet can also be used to manage long-term, chronic pain.