Sedation is used as a medicine that makes your child feel sleepy or more comfortable during a dental treatment or surgery. Your child may find that visits to the dentist are frightening or uncomfortable. This is where the idea of sedation is typically introduced to parents to ensure their child is comfortable and is not uptight about the dental practices being performed on their fragile mouths.
Before the sedation appointment:
- Tell the dentist of any health or medical conditions or prescriptions.
- Reschedule your sedation appointment if your child is feeling sick
- Dress your child in comfortable, loose fitted clothes
- Food & liquids must be restricted to a few hours before the appointment, to reduce the chance of vomiting.
During the sedation appointment:
- Stay with your child to keep them calm, they may become dizzy or irritable
- Bring an item of comfort for your child, such as a stuffed animal or blankie.
- You must stay at the office for the entire length of the sedation appointment.
- The dentist will evaluate your child’s status before they leave the office. Children recover from the effects of sedatives at different rates so you must be prepared to stay in the office until your child is stable. Your child may feel a little drowsy, be fussy or cry for a little bit.
After the sedation appointment:
- Your child must remain under supervision until they are fully recovered from the effects of the sedation
- If your child wants to sleep, position them on their side with their head supported and chin up.
- Your child may be nauseous or vomit after the sedation. If vomiting occurs make sure you clear your child’s mouth out.
- Restrict activities after the appointment (biking, swimming, playgrounds)
- Sometimes an anesthetic will be used to numb the mouth, it usually lasts for up to 4 hours. Check to see that your child is not biting or scratching their cheeks, lips or mouth.
- The numbness in the mouth may affect your child’s eating ability, so watch to make sure they do not bite their tongue. Only soft foods should be eaten in the first few hours.
- Depending on the procedure, your child’s gums and mouth may be sore
- Some children become irritable after their treatment. If the irritability is caused by any type of discomfort, give your child ibuprofen. Always follow the instructions on the bottle.
- Schedule a follow up visit
If you are looking for professional sedation practices for your child, or you are looking for advice for your child’s first sedation appointment, call Woodbridge Kids Dentistry in Vaughan at 905 264 1543 or visit us online today!