Aliso Viejo IV Sedation for Pediatric Patients

IV sedation is often used in pediatric dentistry to help young patients relax during dental treatment. Pediatric IV sedation is available in Dr Cima Mazar-Atabaki’s pediatric dental office in Aliso Viejo and is considered safe enough to be performed in-office. The goal of sedation dentistry for children is to help them sit still and relax during dental visits, as well as to prevent young patients from developing unhealthy fears and apprehensions about visiting the dentist.

Did you know that IV sedation offers benefits unavailable with oral sedatives? When an oral sedative is taken, a pre-set amount of medication is internalized, making it impossible to make dosage adjustments throughout an office visit or dental treatment. Also with IV sedation, children can enter into a deeper state of relaxation that can continue throughout extended procedures. Medication is adjusted as necessary, making for an easier and more comfortable dentist-patient experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my child a candidate for pediatric IV sedation?

Your child may be a candidate for pediatric IV sedation in Dr. Cima Mazar-Atabaki’s pediatric dental office in Aliso Viejo if he or she will be undergoing a long or complicated procedure. You may also wish to discuss options for IV sedation if your child is experiencing severe anxiety or fear of visiting the dentist or if you have a special needs child that may experience difficulty sitting still during a dental visit.

What will the sedation experience be like for my child?

It is important that you follow all preparation instructions given prior to your child’s visit. This may include instructions to avoid letting your child eat or drink during a specific time period prior to undergoing sedation.  A sedative medication will be administered through the skin of the child’s upper arm, after 5 minutes, your child will be relaxed and  brought back to the operating room and IV will be placed. Medication will be adjusted throughout treatment as needed. The dentist or pediatric anesthesiologist will monitor your child’s heart rate and oxygen levels at all times during sedation.

How should I care for my child after he or she has been sedated?

Your child will be drowsy after undergoing sedation and may spend several hours sleeping after the appointment. The amount of time it takes for sedation to fully wear off varies according to the child and the dosage administered during treatment. Since children do not drive or operate heavy machinery, there are few instructions to follow after undergoing pediatric IV sedation in Aliso Viejo. However, your child’s dentist may provide other at-home directions related to dental

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