pre-visit moderate sedation


Pre-Visit Moderate (Oral) Sedation Instructions


We have recommended moderate sedation for your child’s dental procedures. Moderate sedation can help increase cooperation and may reduce anxiety associated with dental treatment. The medicines will be selected based upon your child’s overall health, level of anxiety, and dental treatment recommendations.  Most children become relaxed and/or drowsy and may drift into a light sleep from which they can be aroused easily. Unlike general anesthesia, moderate sedation is not intended to make a patient unconscious or unresponsive. Some children may not experience relaxation but an opposite reaction such as agitation or crying. These are common responses to the medicines and may prevent us from completing the dental procedures. In any case, our staff will observe your child’s response to the medications and provide assistance as needed.


You, as parent/ legal guardian, play a key role in your child’s dental care.  Children often perceive a parent’s anxiety and can make them more fearful.  They tolerate procedures best when their parents understand what to expect and prepare them for the experience.  If you have any questions about the sedation process, please ask.  As you become more confident, so will your child.


For your child’s safety, you must follow the instructions below.


Before your child’s sedation appointment:


Eating and Drinking: NO solid food by mouth after midnight. Please go to bed on time (no later than 10PM).



-Please have your child in comfortable, loose fitting clothes

-Please AVOID excessive jewelry as it can interfere with the procedure

-Consider putting either a diaper or pull-up on your child prior the appointment as relaxed patients may have an accident. 



-Interruptions to regular medication schedules should be minimized. Please call our office or follow your instructions given specific to your child in your before-visit paperwork. 

-If your child has ASTHMA or other breathing problems, please inform our office to discuss our pre-treatment regimen as it applies to your child.

-If your child has DIABETES and is INSULIN dependent, please inform our office to discuss our pre-treatment regimen as it applies to your child.


Change in Health:

-Please notify our office of any change in your child’s health and/or medical condition.  Fever, ear infection, nasal or chest congestion, or recent head trauma could place your child at increased risk for complications. 

-Should your child become ill within 3 DAYS PRIOR to a sedation appointment, contact our office.



-You are requested to arrange for two adults to be with your child for discharge

-NO other children may be brought to the appointment

-NO ONE is allowed to remain in the treatment area after your child has responded to the administration of the medications for reasons of patient safety.

-At least ONE parent/legal guardian must remain at the office during the procedure



-The pediatric dentist and staff will evaluate your child’s health status before he/she will be discharged home. Children recover from the effects of sedation at different rates so be prepared to remain at our office until the doctor has determined your child is stable and the after-effects are minimal.  At discharge, your child will be responsive but may be drowsy, crying, or fussing.

-We have reserved 2 to 4 hours of office time for your child’s appointment.  If you are unable to keep any appointments, please call our team. We do require 48 hours notice.

-Bring a blanket for the ride home

-Do not change your child’s daily routine prior to the appointment- Please DO NOT have them stay up late the night before the appointment or have them eat too late.

-Please make arrangements to have appropriate supervision for your child after the appointment

-Detailed instructions will be given after treatment is complete. 

-DO NOT plan or permit activities for your child after treatment.  Allow your child to rest.  Keep your child home from school and closely supervise activities for the remainder of the day, especially activities such as stair climbing.  If your child wants to sleep, avoid the use of pillows.



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Phone: (520) 775-1245

Location: 6970 N. Oracle Road Suite 110

Tucson, AZ 85704


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