Our sedation team includes pediatricians with critical care and advanced sedation training as well as pediatric nurses working closely with the Anesthesia Department. Every member of the team is dedicated to providing sedation to pediatric patients in various procedural environments; taking into consideration the individual’s stage of development, the level of physical wellness, emotional and psychological well-being, family dynamics, cultural diversity, and the nuances of the procedure being performed. With a sedation service, a sedated patient is under the eye of the sedation team at all times so the person performing the procedure focuses entirely on conducting the test or procedure.
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Providing sedation means your child is given medicine to make them more relaxed. When your child is sedated, he/she will better tolerate a medical procedure and will probably not remember the procedure. If the procedure is painful, medicine to relieve the pain may also be given. Depending upon the level of sedation, your child may be conscious and able to talk to us, or may be deeply asleep but still breathing on their own.
There are different levels of sedation that are defined by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The sedation physician will discuss the level of sedation that will be required based on the child and the procedure being performed.
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You will receive a phone call from one of our staff to screen your child to ensure they have the best sedation plan in place. They will go over any instructions you will need, including how long to keep your child from eating or drinking before the procedure as well as any information needed from your referring physician. They will also be able to answer any questions you may have. If your child has a favorite book or stuffed animal they may bring it with them.
To ensure your child’s safety during the procedure, it is important to limit the intake of food and liquids before the procedure. Routine medications may be taken with a small sip of water up to two hours before the procedure.
Please arrive on time for your appointment to avoid any cancellations. Register at the Ambulatory Surgery Care Center when you arrive. A parent or legal guardian must accompany all children under the age of 18.
Your child will be monitored in our recovery area for a period ranging from one hour to several hours depending on the medication your child received. You will be allowed to be with your child during the recovery period. You will be given written and verbal instructions on what to expect at home and number to call should you have any questions.