Children who are more anxious may need an oral medication that is stronger than nitrous oxide. Your child may be quite drowsy, but they will not become unconscious. There are a variety of different medications which can be used for conscious sedation. The doctor will prescribe the medication best suited for your child’s overall health and dental treatment recommendations. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have concerning the specific drugs we plan to give to your child. Before a visit in which your child is to receive oral sedation, you will receive instructions about eating and drinking, what to expect, and what to watch for after treatment. Your dentist will also discuss how your child will be monitored while he or she is sedated.
What is conscious sedation?
Conscious sedation is a way of using medication to relax a child without the loss of consciousness.
Who should be sedated?
Children with severe anxiety and/or the inability to relax are candidates for sedation. Usually these children are young or have trouble managing their anxiety.
Why utilize conscious sedation?
Conscious sedation aids in calming a child so that she can accept dental treatment in a more relaxed state. This can help prevent injury to the patient and provide a better environment for providing dental care.
What medications are used?
Many different agents can be used for conscious sedation. We most commonly use oral Versed. However, none of the sedatives render the child unconscious. We will discuss sedation recommendations most appropriate for your child.
Is sedation safe?
Conscious sedation in appropriate dosages is extremely safe for healthy children. Because your child maintains consciousness along with their own airway and gag reflex, the chance of an untoward event happening is extremely small. Our dentists are trained to administer, monitor and manage sedated patients. We will discuss sedation options and procedures with you.
What special instructions should I follow before the sedation appointment?
To alleviate potential anxiety, we recommend minimal discussion of the dental appointment with the child. Should your child become ill, contact us ahead of time. It may be necessary to arrange another appointment. It is important not to have a meal before a sedation appointment. We will inform you about food and fluid intake guidelines prior to the sedation appointment.
What special instructions should I follow after the sedation appointment?
Children who have been sedated are usually recommended to return home for the remainder of the day with appropriate supervision. We will discuss specific post-sedation instructions with you, including appropriate diet, physical activity and requested supervision.