Sedating children for travel
IV Sedation Intravenous (IV) sedation requires a needle to be inserted into your child’s vein, usually in the arm or hand.The biggest advantage to IV sedation is that the dentist can give your child more medicine during a longer procedure to keep him or her relaxed.Division of Dentistry UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh One Children’s Hospital Drive 4401 Penn Ave.
If your child is having sedation, he or she should have nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before the appointment.
If you are calling during the evening or on a weekend, please call the hospital at 412-692-5325 and ask for the dental resident on call.
If your child has any special needs or health issues that you feel the dentist and anesthesiologist need to know about, please call Children’s Dental Clinic at 412-692-5440 before the procedure.
Single 25-mg doses at bedtime or 6.25 to 12.5 mg taken three times daily will usually suffice.
After initiation of treatment in children or adults, dosage should be adjusted to the smallest amount adequate to relieve symptoms.