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I.V. Sedationis recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and special needs’ children where conscious oral sedation would not be successful.  The pediatric dentist performs the dental treatment in our office with a board certified anesthesiologist.  The anesthesiologist places the IV prior to dental treatment and administers the medications via the IV to ensure the child stays calm and safe.  The anesthesiologist remains present throughout the entire dental procedure to safely monitor the patient until he/she is recovered.

After care for appointment utilizing conscious sedation: 

  • Do not allow your child to have solid food for at least 6 hours prior to their sedation appointment and only clear liquids for up to 4 hours before the appointment.
  • It is necessary that you tell the doctor of any drugs that your child is currently taking (prescription medicines or herbal supplements or vitamins) and any drug reactions and/or change(s) in medical history.
  • Please inform the office of any change in your child’s medical condition and/or health. If your child has a fever, ear infection or cold do not bring your child. If your child becomes ill, please contact the office to see if it is necessary to postpone the appointment. We will be more than happy to re-schedule.
  • Please dress your child in comfortable, loose fitting clothing.
  • Prior to arriving at the office, please make sure that your child has gone to the bathroom as not to interrupt the procedure.
  • The child’s parent or legal guardian must remain at the office during the entire procedure.
  • Please watch your child while the medication is taking effect. Keep your child in your lap or keep close to you. Do not let them run around the office as they could harm themselves.
  • Your child may become excited at first and will act slightly drowsy as the medication begins to take effect.
  • Your child will need to be monitored very closely, and will be drowsy. Keep your child away from areas of potential harm.
  • If your child wants to sleep then place them on their side with their chin up.
  • You will need to wake your child every hour and encourage them to have something to drink in order to prevent dehydration. In the beginning, it is best to give your child sips of clear liquids to prevent nausea. The first meal should be easily digestible and light.
  • If your child vomits, to ensure that they do not inhale the vomit, help them bend over and turn their head to the side.
  • Your child may have the tendency to bite/rub their lips, cheeks, and/or tongue after treatment because we use local anesthetic to numb your child’s mouth during the procedure. Monitor your child carefully to prevent any injury to these areas.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office.

IV Sedation

Preparing for your child's appointment: