Anesthesia And Sedation For Children

Anesthesia And Sedation For Children

Our institution offers the questions parents and guardians should ask concerning in-office sedation or general anesthesia for their children provided either by the dentist or by separate sedation or anesthetic practitioner in that dental office.


Who will provide my child’s preoperative evaluation, including past medical histories such as allergies, current prescription medications, and previous illnesses and hospitalizations? What is the recommended time that my child should be without food or drink before the procedure (except for necessary medications taken with a sip of water)? Will any sedation medication be given to my child at home before they come to the office and, if so, how should they be monitored?

What training and experience does the sedation/anesthesia provider have in providing the level of sedation or anesthesia planned for the procedure? Do this training and experience meet all of the standards of the ADA Guidelines for the Use of Sedation and General Anesthesia by Dentists? Does the staff assist in the procedure have current training in emergency resuscitation procedures courses as recommended? Is this training regularly renewed? Does the state dental board require a special sedation/anesthesia permit or license that allows the sedation/anesthesia provider to administer this specific level of sedation or anesthesia in the dental office?

To use local anesthesia (numbing), what level of sedation or general anesthesia will my child give? Is it minimal sedation (relaxed and awake), moderate sedation (sleepy but awake), deep sedation (barely awake), or general anesthesia (unconscious)?

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?