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Pre-sedation/Surgery Instructions for Dental Treatment


It is important for your child's safety that you follow these instructions carefully! Failure to follow these instructions could result in LIFE THREATENING complications!


As defined by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the goals of sedation of the pediatric dental patient are to:

  1. Facilitate the provision of quality care

  2. Minimize the extremes of disruptive behavior 

  3. Promote a positive psychological response to treatment

  4. Promote patient safety and welfare

  5. Return the patient to a physiologic state in which safe discharge is possible.


Our dentist's goal is to provide quality care as safely and efficiently as possible. For this reason and the equipment required for monitoring, we ask that the parents remain in the reception room during the sedation appointment.


The medication our dentist and or CRNA will give your child should make him/her feel sleepy within minutes or half an hour depending on the type given. Your child may fall asleep before, during and after the dental treatment, but should be easily awakened. As with any sedative medication, your child may experience an opposite effect and become excited and/or irritable during recovery.

Preparing For Your Child's Surgery Sedation Appointment


EATING & DRINKING: One of the sedative drugs our doctors may elect to use may cause your child to feel sick to their stomach. To avoid vomiting and complications during treatment, DO NOT ALLOW YOUR CHILD ANY FOOD OR DRINK (even water) after midnight prior to the scheduled day of treatment. This means NO BREAKFAST! An empty stomach is MANDATORY! Cancellation of your child's surgery because he/she has eaten will result in a $200 fee or possible dismissal from the dental practice.


CHANGE IN HEALTH: Any change in your child's health, especially the development of a cold or fever within two (2) days prior to the day of treatment, is reason for concern! Please inform our office of any change in your child's health as soon as possible. For your child's safety, a new surgery appt may need to be made for another day.


ARRIVING:Your child's safety and comfort are our main concern! Our dentists recommend that a second responsible adult come with you to their surgical appt to help you take care of your child while driving home. Please do not bring other children with you, as your child will need your full attention. Please dress your child in loose fitting, comfortable clothing and bring a change of clothes, if possible.


MEDICATION: DO NOT give your child any medication unless cleared by our doctors or the hospital CRNA team first!


TREATMENT: Your dentist will visit with you before your child's treatment. When the dental treatment is completed, our dentist will ask that you join your child in the post-operative recovery room. This soothing room was constructed with a bed and an environment to help alleviate any anxiety while your child is waking up from their sedation. Your dentist or nurse will discharge your child into your care, to go home, when he/she feels it is appropriate. This usually is within 15-20 minutes of your child's completed treatment.


Because each child's metabolism is different and there is no 100% guarantee with any sedative medication, there is the possibility your child's sedation will need to be aborted before treatment has started or prior to treatment being completed. If this situation occurs, there will be a $200 charge to cover the time of the appointment and costs of the medications given.


If you have any questions or concerns about our sedation process or policies, please call our office at (405) 300-0586. Due to the large block of time and staff that have been reserved especially for your child's surgical appointment, if you fail to show or call to cancel this surgical appt with less than a 24 hour notice, you will be charged a $200 broken appt fee or the possible dismissal from the dental practice.


Post Sedation/Surgery Instructions


It is important for your child's safety that you follow these instructions carefully! Failure to follow these instructions could result in unnecessary complications.


ACTIVITIES Do NOT: plan or permit activities for your child after treatment. Allow your child to rest. Closely supervise any activity for the remainder of the day. When sleeping, encourage your child to lie on his/her side or stomach.


GETTING HOME: Two responsible adults must accompany your child. One adult should drive your child home and a second responsible adult must be available to take care of your child while driving home. Your child should be closely watched for signs of breathing difficulty and carefully secured in a car seat or seat belt during transportation.


DRINKING or EATING after TREATMENT: After treatment, the first drink should be plain water. Clear liquids can be given next followed by fruit juice, sugar-free Kool-Aid, Gatorade, ginger ale, soup broth, etc. Small drinks taken repeatedly are preferable to taking large amounts. Soft, lukewarm, bland food may be taken when desired (mashed potatoes, yogurt, soup, pudding, ice cream, popsicles, etc.).


TEMPERATURE ELEVATION: Your child's temperature may be elevated to 101 F (38 C) for the first 24 hours after treatment. Tylenol every 3-4 hours and fluids will help alleviate this condition. Temperature above 101° F (38° C) is cause to notify one of our doctors.


EXTRACTIONS: If your child had teeth removed, a small amount of bleeding is normal. Do NOT let your child spit, as this will cause more bleeding. In order to not disturb the blood clot, do NOT use a straw to drink for the first 24 hours. Also, remember that a small amount of blood mixed in with a lot of spit in the mouth looks like a lot of blood.


BRUSHING: Since your child has had a cleaning and fluoride treatment today, it is not necessary to resume tooth brushing and flossing until tomorrow morning. However, it is VERY IMPORTANT for you to brush and floss your child's teeth beginning tomorrow morning and on a daily basis thereafter, to prevent infection and future dental problems.


SEEK ADVICE: If any of the following problems arise, call our office, or if we cannot be reached, call the Emergency Department at your local hospital: If vomiting persists beyond four (4) hours· If the temperature remains elevated beyond 24 hours or goes above 101° F (38° C). If there is any difficulty breathing or coloration of the skin is poor. If any other matter causes you concern.



9801 S Pennsylvania Ave, Oklahoma City

(405) 692-1222

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