Is your child about to receive sedation for a treatment at their dentist’s office? It might seem like an uncomfortable situation for you and your child but that’s only because you don’t know the specifics of what is going on. A great way to find out more information is to ask your dentist, along with the sedation/anesthetic practitioner, about child sedation. Don’t know where to start? Here are some questions that can help give you more insight.

Questions To Ask Prior To Procedure

  • Does the state dental board require a special sedation/anesthesia permit or license that allows for the sedation/anesthesia provider to administer this specific level of sedation or anesthesia in the dental office?
  • Does the staff assisting in the procedure have current training in emergency resuscitation procedures, such as Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, and other advanced resuscitation courses as recommended by the ADA Guidelines? Is this training renewed regularly?
  • What is the recommended time that my child should be without food or drink prior to the procedure?
  • Will any sedation medication be given to my child at home prior to their coming to the office and, if so, how should they be monitored?

During The Procedure

  • How will my child be monitored before, during, and after the procedure until the child is released to go home?
  • Are the appropriate emergency medications and equipment immediately available if needed, and does the office have a written emergency response plan for managing medical emergencies?

After The Procedure

  • Will the sedation/anesthesia provider give me instructions and emergency contact information if there are any complications or concerns after returning home?

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Our staff will work diligently to keep the smiles of you and your family healthy and happy. Contact us at our local Austin, TX office at 512-250-9444.

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