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Sedation Dentistry

Oral conscious sedation is most commonly used for young children who are unable to cope with the delivery of dental care, children who have a high level of anxiety and for some children with special needs. The medications will not make children sleep, but will help them decrease their anxiety and resistance to dental treatment.Procedures such as fillings, crowns, root canals, and extractions often require sedation. We will administer oral medications in-office to sedate them.

Oral conscious edation is recognized by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry as an effective way to make many children comfortable during their dental visit. Before administering any sedative or anesthetic to your child, Dr Lynne will talk to you about the process of sedation and pre- and post-sedation instructions. Sedation is a safe procedure for healthy children. However, risks are associated with this procedure, and it is imperative that Dr. Lynne is aware of all your child medical conditions and medications prior to the appointment.

To prepare the morning of the appointment, do not allow the child to have anything to eat or drink after midnight. They will be weighed, have vital signs measured and airway (throat and lungs) evaluated. If the child is deemed completely healthy, the dose of medication will be calculated based on their weight and will be administered orally, usually mixed with bubble gum syrup to coat the taste. Then they will relax for about 15-30 minutes as the medications take effect. At this point, the child will be brought to the treatment room to begin treatment.

All children are sleepy when they wake up, some may cry or be agitated and some will be very calm. We will discuss post-operative instructions and make sure the child has returned to their normal vital signs. Please be patient as we make sure your child is awake enough to be discharged into your care.