Sedation Instruction for Children
Some important points to remember:
• Please notify our office if your child develops a fever, a productive cough, and/or heavy nasal drainage within
48 hours of the appointment. For your child’s safety, the doctor may need to reschedule the appointment.
• Upon arrival, the doctor will measure and administer the medication to your child. Depending on the
sedative used, your child may or may not immediately show signs of sedation.
• In most cases, nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) will also be used for an added calming effect; local anesthetic
will also be administered.
• During the appointment, your child will be closely monitored for heart rate and breathing.
• Because an extensive amount of time has been reserved exclusively for your child, we will require a deposit
to reserve this time. The fee for conscious sedation is non-refundable if the sedation appointment is
unsuccessful or partially non-refundable (i.e. your deposit) if you cancel or reschedule your child’s
appointment without giving our office 24 hours notice.
1. Your child can have NOTHING to eat or drink after midnight. Food/drink in the stomach during
the sedation could result in a life-threatening situation. If these instructions are not adhered to, the
sedation will be cancelled.
2. Please be prompt for your appointment as it takes some time for the medication to take affect.
3. Dress your child in loose, comfortable clothing, preferably with a short-sleeved top. This will
facilitate appropriate placement of the blood pressure cuff and ease patient monitoring.
4. Do not “over prepare” your child for their sedation appointment as this will usually serve only to
increase anxiety and apprehension. Trust that all measures will be taken by our staff to ensure
your child has a successful and positive experience.
1. Following the appointment your child may be fussy or groggy and accommodations must be
made for adult supervision for the remainder of the day. No school attendance will be possible
until the following day.
2. Your child will not be dismissed until appropriately recovered, but while driving home, please
use a seat belt or car seat to protect your child. Your child’s balance is one of the last reflexes
to return too normal. Public transportation is not acceptable.
3. Please ensure nutrition is restored quickly once returning home, beginning with liquids such as
milkshakes, juices etc.
4. It is not unusual for your child to want to nap when they arrive home. Please ensure they lay on
their stomach or side, and monitor them regularly.
5. Remember that your child’s mouth, lips and/or tongue will still be “frozen” or “numb” for up to
an hour after the appointment. Please monitor them carefully to ensure they do not scratch or
bite themselves. Such actions could result in injuries sever wounds.
Dr Mehdi Oonchi
Published on Nov 1, 2012