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Undergoing surgical procedures for kids can be terrifying -- will this new invention really ease the pain?  

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What looks like a colorful helmet for a virtual video game is actually something called PediSedate, a headset designed to make the process of being anesthetized, well, fun.

According to the product info, the space-age gadget allows children who are about to undergo surgical procedures to play a Nintendo Game Boy system or listen to CDs while breathing in nitrous oxide from an attached snorkel until they're knocked out.

According to the product info, PediSedate "dramatically improves the hospital or dental experience for the child, parents and healthcare providers." That may be -- but it still looks creepy.

What do you think -- is this invention an ingenious way to help kids deal with the dentist, or just the opposite? 

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23 comments so far | Post a comment now
Sarah April 29, 2009, 11:11 AM

From experience it only takes a matter of seconds to be knocked out once the mask is put on so what is the need for a video game?

prncssjzmyn April 29, 2009, 11:42 AM

I am thinking the same thing as sarah…it only takes seconds so whats up with the video game. Also i can doubt this will be used very often becuase the need for sterilization. This looks like it would be almost impossible to sterilize. I can tell you most doctors will opt for the regular surgical mask with the flavored syrups in them.

Sarah April 29, 2009, 2:12 PM

I’d say more effective yet would be the anti-anxiety meds of some sort that they can give kids before surgery. When my six year old had surgery they gave him some kind of liquid medicine to calm his nerves before surgery and shortly after taking that I don’t think anything in the world could have made him nervous. He couldn’t stop laughing hysterically. He was my drunk little guy. :) Made the surgery easier on us all!!! That is far more effective than attatching some strange video game to their head!

asdf April 29, 2009, 4:53 PM

I want one.

Rachel April 30, 2009, 2:46 AM

If it helps with their experience with doctors, then so be it!

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