Conscious Sedation (Minimal to Moderate Sedation)
Q: What is conscious sedation?
A: Conscious sedation is a management technique that uses medications to help a child cope with fear and anxiety and improve cooperation with dental treatment. Medications and dosages selected are unlikely to cause loss of consciousness in the patient. Many different medications can be used for conscious sedation. Recommendations on which medications are used will be based on the child's age, level of anxiety, amount of dental work that needs to be completed and length of appointment.
Q: Who should be sedated?
A: Children who have a level of anxiety that prevents good coping skills or are very young and do not understand how to cope in a cooperative fashion for the delivery of dental care should be sedated. Conscious sedation is often helpful for some children who have special needs.
Q: Is sedation safe?
A: Yes. In our office, sedation is administered by a trained (2 years of advanced training to include administration, monitoring and management of sedated patients), Board Certified Pediatric Dentist who strictly follows the sedation guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Our pediatric dentists are certified in CPR, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support; moreover, exceed the standard of care in monitoring and emergency equipment.
Q: What special instructions should I follow before the sedation appointment?
A: In order to alleviate potential anxiety in your child, we recommend minimal discussion of the dental appointment with your child. Should your child become ill, contact our office to see if it is necessary to postpone the appointment. It is very important to follow the directions regarding fasting from fluids and foods prior to the sedation appointment.
Q: What special instructions should I follow after the sedation appointment?
A: Your child will not be discharged until he/she is alert and ready to go. Children who have been sedated are usually requested to remain at home for the rest of the day with adult supervision. Specific post-sedation instructions will be given to you that include appropriate diet, oral hygiene instructions, physical activity, and requested supervision.