INSTRUCTIONS TO PARENTS OF PEDIATRIC PATIENTS WHO ARE TO RECEIVE SEDATION 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 serious injury or even death.
EATING and DRINKING
To avoid vomiting and complications during treatment with sedation, DO NOT allow your child any food or drink (even water) unless directed by your doctor. The following schedule should be followed:
- No milk or solid food (including formula, candy, and chewing gum) after midnight prior to the scheduled procedure.
- Clear liquids may be taken until two (2) hours before the appointment. Clear liquids include: water, Pedialyte, and apple juice.
CHANGE IN HEALTH
Any change in the child's health, especially the development of a cold or fever, within seven (7) days prior to the day of treatment, is very important. For the child's safety, a new appointment may be made for another day. If possible, inform this office of any change in health prior to your appointment.
A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the dental office and must remain until all treatment is completed. Plan to arrive early for your appointment.
Give your child only those medications which he/she takes routinely, such as seizure medications or prophylactic antibiotics, and those prescribed by your child's physician or dentist. DO NOT give your child any other medicines, before or after treatment, without checking with your child's physician or dentist.
DO NOT plan or permit activities for the child after treatment. Allow the child to rest. Closely supervise any activity for the remainder of the day.
The patient must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Someone should be available to drive the patient home. The child should be closely watched for signs of breathing difficulty and carefully secured in a car seat or seat belt during transportation. DO NOT use a bus.
DRINKING OR EATING after TREATMENT
After treatment, the first drink should be plain water. Sweet drinks can be given next (clear fruit juice or Gatorade). Small drinks taken repeatedly are preferable to taking large amounts. Soft food, not too hot, may be taken when desired after any nausea has subsided.
The 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 this office or your pediatrician.
- If nausea 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.
- If any other matter causes you concern.