Pre-Sedation Care

Pre-Sedation Instructions

Our main concerns are to provide high quality care and a positive dental experience for your child. In selected instances, sedation is recommended in order to help accomplish these goals.

Sedation usually involves the use of several drugs together. The particular combination and dosages of drugs selected is individually tailored to your child’s needs. Use of sedation will generally help relax your child and also help relieve fear and anxiety. Although we do not “put children to sleep” they often nap lightly.

In order to help insure a successful sedation appointment your understanding and cooperation of the following is necessary.

Morning appointments

Sedation drugs are administered orally (by mouth) in the office and require approximately one hour to be effective. Your child should be encouraged to go to the bathroom at home or at the office prior to treatment.

Please be on time or early!

We cannot accommodate late arrivals because of the time required for the medications to work.


To help the absorption of the medication, and to reduce nausea and vomiting your child may not have anything to eat or drink after midnight the night before the sedation appointment.

Other children and appointments

Since an adult must be with your child the entire time the medication is taking effect, the company of other siblings, and the scheduling of other appointments or errands during this time is inadvisable. Plan to be in our office the entire morning of the sedation appointment.

Reactions of the child

The sedative drugs administered enable your child to be very receptive to a positive and rewarding dental experience. Your child barely remembers being at the office, so praise and positively reinforce your Child’s behavior after the sedation. Often a child will attempt to prevent the effects of the medication, and may become excited during the first half hour after the drug is administered. This is a natural reaction and should not embarrass the parent or child.

Approximately one hour after the medication is given, an assistant will bring your child to a treatment room.

Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen

In addition to the liquid sedative that will be given, nitrous oxide more commonly referred to as laughing gas will be administered with a mixture of pure oxygen to aid the sedative.


Remember Please

  • Absolutely nothing to eat or drink prior to the appointment.
  • Be on time or early.
  • Supervision by a responsible adult during and after the sedation is a must.
  • Notify us of any change in the health history prior to the appointment.
  • Do not give your child any medication before or after the sedation appointment unless your physician had prescribed them and the dentist has been informed.
  • Don’t keep your child up late the night before the appointment.

Also you can read our frequently asked questions for more information.