Oral Sedation In-Office

In-office Conscious Oral Sedation (when indicated) is performed in our office and allows you, the parent, to be by your child’s side during the entire treatment. Your child is given a medicated liquid (“sleepy juice”) to help alleviate anxiety and make the dental treatment faster and easier for them. We will also administer nitrous oxide (laughing gas, see other section on this) to better help your child relax. The combination of the liquid and the laughing gas makes most children relaxed and comfortable enough to handle the dental treatment. Your child will still need to be “numbed” by placing a topical anesthetic jelly and then an injection. Please do NOT tell your child this is going to happen and let us word all treatment in a kid-friendly manner. This in-office oral sedation procedure does typically make your child a little sleepy but does not put them to sleep. Your child will be breathing on their own and can usually respond to simple requests, such as “Open” and “Close”.

Most patients are fine to walk on their own afterwards but should not return to school that day. They can return to school and normal activities the following day. All of our dental assistants are certified in CPR and will be constantly monitoring your child with the required monitoring equipment to ensure their safety. In addition, Dr. Nathan is certified in CPR and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). He has undergone extensive specialty training in conscious oral sedation during his 2-year pediatric dental residency and maintains an active Conscious Sedation License, as issued by the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry. As an added safety measure, we only use sedative drugs that have a reversal agent drug if needed. Safety is our top priority and is taken very seriously at our office. Every measure will be taken to ensure the safety of all of our patients. This type of sedation not indicated on any patient below the age of 2. If your child is under the age of 2, then they may be a different type of sedation called IV sedation.  If recommended for your child, Dr. Nathan and his team will discuss these procedures thoroughly with you and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.


(Same as the packet you were given at our office)

Absolutely NO Food or Drink Prior to your appointment!!

It is extremely important for your child’s safety to follow these pre-op and post-op instructions very carefully.  Please click on the sections below to learn more.

  • Your child is to NOT have ANY food or drink after midnight prior to the day of your child’s sedation appointment. This is for your child’s safety.  The sedation medication can possibly make your child vomit. If they do vomit, they could potentially choke on any food or liquid or breathe the contents into their lungs.  This could be life-threatening.  I am not trying to scare you.  I just want and need you to know how important and serious this is.  If your child eats or drinks anything, we will probably have to reschedule to another day and potentially charge you a fee for the lost appointment time.  Please call us if they do accidentally eat or drink anything.  Do NOT just not show up for your appointment.
  • If your child becomes sick prior to the appointment (vomiting, cough, congestion, sneezing, or fever), please give us a call as we may need to reschedule the appointment until they are well.  We will always re-assess your child’s health in our office the day of the appointment.
  • DO NOT give your child any medications before or after an in-office conscious oral sedation without consulting with Dr. Nathan first.  Some medications could interact with our sedation medicines and be unsafe for your child.
  • Please also inform Dr. Nathan and/or Staff if your child is taking any medicines or is allergic to any medications or has any health problems.
  • Plan on being at our office for about 2-2.5 hours on the day of your appointment.  We have to re-assess your child that day, then give them the medicine, then wait about 45min to 1hour for the medicine to start working, then we have to do the actual dental treatment. Please make every effort to be at your appointment on time, as we have a lot to do that day and have reserved a large amount of time in our schedule for you and your child.  DO NOT JUST NOT SHOW UP FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT.  If you do not show up, we may have to charge you a fee for not showing up and/or charge you a fee to hold any future sedation appointments.  We have many, many children that need these appointments, and it is not fair to anyone if you do not show up.  We understand things happen, so if you have a problem, please call us to reschedule.

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