Your child has been identified as needing behavior management with the use of an oral sedative. These instructions will help in assuring that you understand what is needed prior to the sedation visit. You must adhere to all instructions or your visit will be rescheduled or referred to a pediatric dentist.
Leading Up to the Day of Surgery
- No Cough
- No Earache
- No Congestion
- No Diarrhea
- No Fever
- No Runny Nose
NO ILLNESS AT ALL
Child must have clear lungs by auscultation (stethoscope)
- Child must be accompanied by 2 adults. one to drive the other to monitor child while in the back seat. They must remain with the child the entire trip home.
- Child must be on empty stomach. No solid foods or liquids after I 0:00pm the evening before the appointment. This means no juice. water. or anything to drink the morning of the appointment.
- Consent forms for sedation must be signed prior to the visit.
- Take medications as normally scheduled with a small sip of water.
FAILURE TO FOLLOW ANY OF THESE INSTRUCTIONS WILL RESULT IN CANCELLATION OF THE SEDATION APPOINTMENT
Following Oral Conscious Sedation for Pediatric Patients
Your child has completed his/her sedation visit and you are now on your way home. You have been dismissed and instructed to go straight home to monitor your child over the next 24 hours. It is normal for your child to experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Drowsiness: Should wear off over the next 4-6 hours. Try to keep the child awake if the child falls asleep make sure he/she is face down or on their side.
- Nausea/Vomiting: Can be a side effect of the medication. Keep child on clear liquids. If the symptoms persist please call the office.
- Anger: Also a reaction to medication and should wear off over next 4-6 hours.
Combative/Aggression: Call office immediately.
- Minimal Oral Bleeding: Normal to see small amounts of blood especially if local anesthetic has been used and/or crowns have been placed. (Extractions will receive additional instructions). If bleeding is excessive call office immediately.
- Moderate Pain: Normal after local anesthetic is administered. crowns are placed or if extraction has been done. You may give your child over the counter analgesic. (Ex: Children's Tylenol or Motrin. Ibuprofen or Advil).
- Hunger/Thirst: You may start giving your child clear liquids first (Ex: Gatorade, water. sprite. and apple juice). If child tolerates well ( o Nausea) and is hungry you can proceed with solids. Remember child's reflexes are slower than normal so use judgment on amount and consistency of food given.
- Numbness: Your child probably received local anesthetic and will be numb for the next 2-3 hours. You must monitor your child to assure they don "t chew on numb tongue. cheek or lip. If it should occur and you notice bright red blood apply ice and firm pressure with cloth and call office immediately.
You must monitor your child closely for next 24 hours. Your child must not return to school today or participate in any extracurricular activities.
For any concerns or problems following sedation please contact Dr. Toth who can be reached at (956) 425-7744. After hours answering machine will give an emergency number.