IV Sedation: is a deeper level of sedation. IV Sedation is indicated for very young children, very apprehensive children and children with special needs. Commonly, IV sedation will allow Dr. Gonzales to complete a comprehensive initial examination and take necessary x-rays (radiographs). The patients who require IV Sedation for an initial examination, usually require general anesthesia (an even deeper level of sedation) for any additional procedures. However, Dr. Gonzales will make any necessary recommendations when he discusses your child’s treatment plan with you.
Preparing for your child’s appointment using IV Sedation as a sedative therapy: please let us know of any changes in your child’s medical status or condition. Please call our office and inform us if your child is running a fever, has an ear infection or has a cold; we will determine whether or not it the appointment should be rescheduled or not. Always inform our office of any and all medications your child takes or discontinues at each appointment, regardless of whether they are receiving sedation therapy or not. It is crucial that we know of any previous drug reactions (allergic or otherwise) that your child has experienced. The anesthesiologist who is in charge of your child’s sedative therapy will make a final decision as to whether your child can be safely treated or not. After midnight before your child’s appointment, you child may not have dairy products (including milk) or solid food. He/she may only have clear liquids (water, apple juice, Gatorade) for up to 6 hours prior to his/her appointment. The child’s legal guardian must remain in the office during the entire procedure.
Preparing for the post-sedation timeframe: your child will be drowsy and needs to be monitored very closely. Keep your child away from anything that might potentially harm him/her. Your child may be sleepy, so place your child on his/her side and keep their chin elevated. You should have your child sip a clear liquid every hour post-sedation to prevent dehydration. Do not let them drink too much or too fast, as it can cause your child to become nauseated. If your child does vomit, keep their airway open to ensure they do not inhale any of their own vomit. You will be given much more thorough post-operative and post-sedation therapy instructions to help you and your child post-treatment. You can always call our office with any questions or concerns you may have.