Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is sometimes recommended for children with special needs, young children and apprehensive children. It is used to calm your child and put them in a more relaxed state so that they are more receptive to dental treatment. During treatment, your child may become drowsy.

There are a number of different medications that can be used for conscious sedation. Dr. Jody will recommend the medication(s) best suited for your child’s overall health and dental treatment needs. She will be happy to answer any questions you might have regarding the medication and treatment.

Prior to your Appointment

  • Your child cannot eat or drink after midnight the day of their appointment.
  • Please take your child to the bathroom as soon as you arrive to the office.
  • Notify us of any change in your child’s health or medical condition. Inform the doctor of any prescriptions that your child is taking.
  • If your child has a fever, ear infection or cold, we will have to reschedule the sedation appointment.
  • Please dress your child in comfortable, loose fitting clothing.
  • Please do not bring any siblings to this appointment as your child will need your full attention.
  • A parent or legal guardian must remain in the waiting room during the treatment.
  • If your child cannot control their body during treatment, a papoose will be discussed and used with parental permission for safety.
  • Your child may bring a small comfort item with them to the appointment. (teddy bear, blanket, etc.)
  • Your child may act drowsy or may become slightly excited at first - please watch your child closely while the medication is taking effect. They should remain sitting down or holding an adults hand.

After the Sedation Appointment

  • Your child may be drowsy and will need to be monitored very closely for the remainder of the day. Keep your child away from areas of potential harm.
  • If your child wants to sleep, place them on their side with their chin up and wake them up every hour. To prevent dehydration, encourage them to have something to drink. It is best to give your child sips of clear liquids at first to prevent nausea. The first meal should be easily digestible and light.
  • The mouth will be numb approximately two to four hours. This may include the lip, tongue and cheek (sometimes even part of the nose). Watch to see that your child does not bite, suck, scratch or injure the cheek, lips or tongue during this time. Doing any of these things can cause swelling and possible injury to the area. This can happen very quickly so please watch your child.
  • Over the counter motrin or tylenol may be given as long as there is no allergies or contraindications in their health. Follow the instructions on the bottle for dosing based upon your child’s age/weight. DO NOT GIVE YOUR CHILD ASPIRIN, this can cause Reye’s Syndrome in some children.
  • We will contact you within 24 hours of treatment to see how your child is doing. If you have any questions or concerns in the meantime, please feel free to contact us.