Oral sedation, which is also called conscious sedation, is recommended for children who are apprehensive, very young, or have special needs. Oral sedation is used to calm your child and reduce the discomfort and anxiety associated with dental treatment. Your child may be become drowsy, or even fall asleep, during treatment, but they will not become unconscious.
There are different medications that can be used for oral sedation. Drs. Gina, Meghan, and Allen will prescribe the medication that is best suited to your child’s needs. We will happily answer any questions that you may have about the medication we plan to give your child.
Prior to Your Appointment:
Please let us know if there is any change in your child’s health and/or medical condition. Do not bring your child in for dental treatment if they have a fever, ear infection, or cold. If your child becomes ill, please contact us to see if we need to postpone the appointment. It is imperative that you tell our dentists about any medications that your child is currently taking, any drug reactions, and any changes in medical history.
Please dress your child in loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. Make sure that your child goes to the bathroom right before coming to All Kids Dental Pediatrics & Orthodontics. Your child should not eat any solid food for at least 6 hours before their sedation appointment. They should only drink clear liquids for up to 4 hours before their appointment. The child’s parent or legal guardian must remain at the office during the procedure.
Keep a close watch on your child while the medication is taking effect. Hold them in your lap or keep them close by. Do not let your child run around. He or she will act drowsy and may become slightly excited at first.
After the Sedation Appointment:
Your child will be tired and will need to be monitored very closely. Keep your child away from areas that could potentially be harmful. If your child wants to sleep, have them lie on their side with their chin up. Every hour, wake your child and encourage him or her to have something to drink to prevent dehydration. To prevent nausea, it is best to give your child sips of clear liquids at first. Their first meal should be something light that is easy to digest.
If your child vomits, help him or her bend over and turn their head to the side to ensure that they do not inhale vomit. Because local anesthetic is used to numb your child’s mouth during the procedure, your child may bite or chew their lips, cheeks, or tongue and rub or scratch their face after treatment. Please keep an eye on your child to prevent any injury to these areas.
Please call our office with any questions or concerns that you may have about oral sedation in Glenwood Springs, Rifle, and Eagle, Colorado, and to schedule a visit.