Conscious Oral Sedation

Conscious Sedation


Conscious sedation is used in our office to help moderately anxious or fearful children cope with the stress of dental treatment. Conscious sedation is not intended to put your child to sleep, but only to reduce their anxiety and make them more comfortable during their dental appointment.


The technique of conscious sedation used in our office follows the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. There are several oral medications which can be used and each child is sedated according to their individual age, weight, medical history, and cooperation level. At your child’s examination appointment, we will discuss the oral medications as well as review the preoperative and postoperative instructions.


Not all children are candidates for conscious sedation. For some children, general anesthesia is a better option for completing necessary dental treatment. Children with extensive dental decay, those with severe anxiety, and very young or special needs patients may benefit from treatment in a hospital setting. Our staff will discuss this option in detail and make the appropriate referrals. Our goal is to provide your child with the safest, most comfortable treatment possible.




Prior to Sedation Appointment:

  • Please notify our office of any change in your child’s medical condition. Should your child become ill, contact our office to postpone the appointment. 
  • Please notify our office of any medications that your child is taking at the time of their appointment. Also provide the most updated medical history including any allergies or drug reactions.
  • Your child should not have solid food for at least 6 hours prior to their sedation appointment and only clear liquids for up to 2 hours before their appointment.
  • The child’s parent or legal guardian must remain at the office during the procedure. Do not bring other children to this appointment.


 After Sedation Appointment:

  • Your child may be drowsy and will need to be monitored closely. Keep your child away from areas of potential harm.
  • If your child wants to sleep, place them on their side with their chin up. Wake your child every hour and encourage them to have something to drink to avoid dehydration.
  • Your child’s mouth may be numb from local anesthetic used during the procedure. Watch closely and discourage any chewing or sucking of the tongue or lips. The first meal should be very soft to avoid damage to the mouth.




*Detailed written preoperative and postoperative instructions will be given to you at the scheduling appointment. If you have any question or concern, please contact our office.