If your child is younger or particularly nervous or fearful about her dental visit then conscious sedation can help. Conscious sedation eases the anxiety that your child may experience for a calm dental experience. It is also recommended if your child is coming in for extensive treatment or has special needs.
Your child’s dentist will prescribe a medication for conscious sedation based on your child’s overall health and recommended dental treatments. Your dentist will listen to any concerns you might have regarding medication and answer all of your questions thoroughly before proceeding with treatment plans.
Before an appointment involving conscious sedation:
- Please be mindful of any changes in your child’s health or medical condition. Notify our staff of any changes and if necessary reschedule your appointment. Do not bring your child for treatment with a cold, ear infection, or fever.
- Tell the dentist and staff of any drugs your child is currently taking, any drug reactions and/or change in medical history.
- Please dress your child appropriately. We recommend comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
- Please make sure that your child has gone to the bathroom prior to arriving at the office.
During an appointment involving conscious sedation:
- It is important that you are watching your child closely while the medication is taking effect. This will both reassure the child, and provide the extra security of having a person familiar with the child’s baseline behavior.
- Your child may act drowsy or slightly excited during the onset of the medication. Keep them close to you. If possible keep them in your lap.
- We require that a parent or legal guardian remains in the office during your child’s entire procedure involving conscious sedation.
After an appointment involving conscious sedation:
- Be prepared to monitor your child closely after the procedure. She will be very drowsy.
- Position your child on her side with her chin up if she wants to sleep.
- Provide your child with something to drink every hour after the procedure to prevent dehydration. If your child wants to sleep continue to wake him for on an hourly schedule for small drinks of fluid.
- Start your child’s intake with clear liquids. Work up to a first meal that is easy to digest.
- Please observe your child carefully to prevent any injury to these areas. We use local anesthetic to numb your child’s mouth during the procedure. This causes your child to possibly have the tendency to bite or chew their lips, cheeks, and/or tongue and/or rub and scratch their face after treatment.
- Please call our office immediately if you have any questions or concerns.