Common side/after-effects of sedation may include some listlessness, dizziness and possibly an upset stomach. Drowsiness is very common, make sure to remove any gauze from your child’s mouth before he/she takes a nap.
It is relatively common for your child to appear somewhat agitated as the medications are metabolized. As the medication wears off, the child will return to his/her normal state of responsiveness.
Minor dizziness tends to wear off gradually, but it is advised that you watch your child closely following sedation. The child should not be sent back to school following the appointment and should remain indoors for the remainder of the day resting. No physical activity is recommended following a sedation procedure.
After the procedure, while transporting your child home from the office, please be sure to safely secure your child in his/her child-seat or seatbelt. We STRONGLY recommend a second adult be present to assist during the transport of your child from our office.
It is recommended that your child rests for the remainder of the day. Try to provide a restful environment to foster your child’s relaxation. Closely supervise all activities as coordination and judgment may be impaired for up to 24 hours after sedation.
For the first 24 hours following your child’s procedure, it is recommended that you keep your child well hydrated. Clear fluids foster maximum hydration (Gatorade, apple juice & water). The next day, follow a softer diet, only allowing foods that require little to no chewing (mashed potatoes, pudding, spaghetti, ice cream, etc.)