Preparing Your Child for Dental Sedation

Has your doctor recommended dental sedation for your child’s dental needs?

As the parent, you will be an integral part of the dental sedation process and making sure it goes smoothly for yourself, your child and your doctor’s office.

Why Does My Child Need Dental Sedation?

Dental sedation is very common for young patients depending on their specific needs.

Typically, your child’s dentist will require sedation for a longer more intricate procedure, or if your child experiences extreme anxiety or fear of the dentist’s office.

Dental sedation in children is very common and is traditionally an extremely safe practice. To learn more about dental offices which offer this service in your area click here.

Before the Appointment:

  • Provide doctor and staff with your child’s complete medical history including prescription, over the counter or herbal supplemental drug use.
  • Follow the office instructions on restricting food intake for your child.
  • Follow the office instructions on restricting beverage intake for your child.
  • Dress your child in loose fitting, comfortable clothes.

At the Appointment:

  • Be a relaxed and calm model for your child.
  • Use a soothing voice and answer any questions your child may have in a comforting tone.
  • Bring along any comfort items (teddy bear, blanket, favorite t-shirt etc.)
  • Come without siblings or friends: This is a big day for your child, individualized focus will help your child feel more comfortable and protected.

After the Appointment:

  • Be present at the bedside when your child wakes up.
  • Have a second adult waiting to drive you home so you can monitor your child for any issues and be there to comfort them as they come out of the sedation haze.
  • Prepare for common side effects: nausea, dizziness, lethargy etc.
  • Call your doctor immediately if there are any breathing issues, intense vomiting, intense pain, or fever.
  • Only feed your child soft foods for the first few hours post procedure.
  • Once healed, encourage your child to resume to normal brushing and dental hygiene

For more information on dental sedation and to schedule a consultation for your child contact Loretta Smith Dentistry today at (773)445-7777.

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