Sedation, used in conjunction with nitrous oxide and oxygen analgesia help decrease anxiety and assist in the child being more relaxed and comfortable. This also helps to minimize the need for hospitalization.
Your child will be given oral (by mouth) medicine that will result in a mild sedation. The medication takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour to take effect; therefore, once the sedation is given, the patient will remain in the waiting room with the parent or guardian during this time. This level of sedation will not put your child to sleep. The purpose of this mild conscious sedation is to relax your child, relieve anxiety, and make his or her dental visit as easy as possible. Because this is a mild sedation, it has limited success and sometimes a child’s fear may override the calming effects of the sedation medicine. Therefore crying or movement is a normal reaction.
Before your child’s sedation visit, you should follow these important safety instructions. IF NOT FOLLOWED, THE DENTAL SEDATION WILL BE CANCELLED.
Do NOT allow your child to eat ANYTHING six hours before the dental appointment . Clear liquids such as water, apple juice and tea may be given up to 2 hours before the appointment, Breast milk up to 4 hours , and infant formula up to 6 hours prior to the appointment. Do not allow him/her to chew gum, eat vitamins, hard candy or mints. It is dangerous to be sedated with food or liquid in the stomach. The stomach must be completely empty prior to sedation; otherwise, a serious complication known as aspiration ( entry of the food or foreign object into the lungs) may occur, which could result in death.
In addition, in order to avoid putting your child at risk during sedation, we must be fully informed of any changes in his/her health history between now and the sedation date; such as diagnosis of a new condition, nasal congestion, cough, sore throat, fever, runny nose, breathing problems or any complications relating to asthma, trauma or injury to the head causing vomiting, seizures, loss of consciousness. If your child develops a cold, fever, congestion or the flu for a week or within 24 hours of the scheduled appointment, please call: (602) 626-5437. We will make a decision after talking to you.
We recommend that you bring another adult with you to the sedation appointment. We feel it is important for you to take care of your child when he/she is in the child’s car seat and the other adult can concentrate on safely driving you home.
Dress your child in comfortable clothing, preferably a T-shirt or sweatshirt and pants. We will be attaching monitors, such as a blood pressure cuff, to his/her arms and feet. Loosely fitting clothing is preferable for that reason.
Please let us know on the day of sedation if your child has taken any over-the counter medications within the last 24 hours. This is very important to us and to your child’s safety.
Make sure your child uses the bathroom before the sedation appointment. And just before going to the dental treatment room. If your child is very young make sure to check his/her diaper.
Please do not leave the office while your child is receiving treatment. You ( parent/guardian must remain in the office during the entire treatment, our receptionist will give you updates on the progress of treatment .
If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to call us at the office. 602-626-5437. We are here to help you and your child. Thank you!-