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Oral Conscious Sedation

When providing oral conscious sedation, Dr. McKay Garrett will prescribe your child a liquid medication to be given to them thirty minutes prior to their procedure. This medication will relax and calm your child, and sometimes can make them sleepy. However, it is not intended to put them to sleep. They will still be able to respond to certain stimuli and will have the ability to breathe normally and independently and will remain conscious. In most cases, your child will have no recollection of the procedures performed by our pediatric dentist. It it is not unheard of for a child to remember bits and pieces of the appointment, and we are proactive in speaking very positively throughout the procedure so that if your child does have any memories, they will be happy and positive ones.

Procedures requiring the use of oral conscious sedation in Phoenix, Arizona, will generally be scheduled in a 1.5- to 2-hour block of time. During such appointments your child’s safety is of the utmost importance to us.  So, our team at Tooth Club For Kids will be sure to inform you of all necessary guidelines and instructions regarding food and drink the day of the appointment as well as the prior day.

After the sedation appointment:

  • Your child will be drowsy and will need to be monitored very 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 in order to prevent dehydration. At first, it is best to give your child sips of clear liquids to prevent nausea. The first meal should be light and easily digestible.
  • If your child vomits, help them bend over, and turn their head to the side while they are lying down to ensure that they do not inhale the vomit.
  • Please call our office at 602-843-1275 for any questions or concerns that you might have.