Sedation Information

Q: What is sedation?

A: Sedation is a technique to help overly anxious children who need work completed, but without the use of sedation drugs it can be very difficult and stressful. Sedation uses a drug induced state of relaxation which helps your child to cooperate & relax during dental treatment. Your child remains awake for the procedure but will not remember the treatment once the medication wears off.

Q: Is sedation safe?

A: Generally, it is safer to sedate an anxious child than to treat him/her when they are thrashing about in the chair and may potentially cause harm to him/herself or our staff. However, there are certain risks when sedating a child, we will do a physical exam and review your child’s medical history to ensure he/she is a good candidate for sedation.

Q: What medication do you use to sedate my child?

A: We normally use midazolam, which is from the valium family of drugs. We will go over your child’s medical history and review the need for different types of medications depending on your child’s specific needs.

Q: How long does sedation last?

A: Your child will be given the medication by the dentist when you arrive for your scheduled appointment. The medication takes about 15 minutes to work, after which time your child will become somewhat sleepy and relaxed. The procedure takes about 30 minutes after which time the medication will start to wear off. We will ensure it is safe for your child to go home once he/she have returned to pre-sedation state, usually 30 minutes after treatment. Expect to be at our office for at least an hour and a half.

Q: What can my child eat before sedation?

A: Your child should have nothing to eat or drink after midnight. Let everyone in the home know the above information as siblings or others living in the home may often unknowingly feed your child.

Q: How do I prepare my child for sedation?

• Plan sleep and awakening times to encourage the usual amount of sleep the day before the appointment
• Allow your child to use the restroom before the sedation
• Dress your child in loose, comfortable clothes for the sedation
• The legal guardian must accompany the child to the sedation
• Please arrive on time for the scheduled appointment
• Keep the mood light, happy and relaxed – children can very easily pick up on a parent’s anxiety.

Q: What if my child is sick before the sedation appointment?

A: Please call our office if your child is sick, has a runny nose or cough. Your child’s appointment may need to be re-scheduled.

Q: What can I expect after the sedation appointment?

• Your child will not be able to walk well, so we suggest you carry your child or use a wheelchair to the car or around the office.
• Your child must be restrained in a car seat or seat belt with someone other than the driver present who is able to monitor and attend to the child’s needs.
• Your child may take a long nap and be drowsy and irritable for up to 24 hours after the sedation.
• An adult must be with your child at all times until the child has returned to his/her usual state of alertness and coordination.
• Your child should not perform potentially dangerous activities, such as riding a bike, playing outside, handling sharp objects, working with tools, or climbing stairs until they are back to their usual state of alertness and coordination for at least one hour.

Q: When can my child go back to school/daycare?

A: We advise that you keep your child home from school or daycare for the full day.

Q: Eating & Drinking Instructions

A: Begin by giving clear liquids such as clear juices, water, Jello, Popsicles or broth. If your child does not vomit after 30 minutes, you may continue with solid foods.
Reasons to call Dentistry for Children @ 873-1414.
• You are unable to waken/alert your child
• Your child is unable to eat or drink
• Excessive vomiting or pain
• Your child develops a rash