Most dental procedures in children are completed using local anesthesia, however, very young, fearful or uncooperative children also require sedation. Intravenous (IV) sedation is a deep sleep that insulates your child from the stress and discomfort associated with dental procedures. It is not the same as general anesthesia used in a hospital.
This procedure is perform in our Palm Coast office under the full time supervision of an Anesthesia Doctor. It is a pleasure for our office to have as part of our team Dr. David Schultz.
Dr. Schultz is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners. He enjoys membership in the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the International Anesthesia Research Society, and the American Osteopathic Association. He served as Chief of Anesthesia at Peninsula Medical Center from 1984 to 2000. He is currently on staff at Halifax Hospital serving as staff anesthesiologist.
IV Sedation Tips
Before the Procedure
When considering a medical or dental procedure for your child, you deserve to have all of your questions answered prior to the procedure. Please feel free to contact us. We can also arrange a preoperative visit with the anesthesiologist at our office. All arrangements are handled at our office.
Please follow the preoperative instructions carefully. Click Here! . A period of fasting is necessary to make sure the stomach is empty. Contact our office for personalized instruction for your child. If your child develops a COLD (upper respiratory infection) please call our office.
When you arrive for your child's procedure, your child will be weighted and Dr. Schultz will perform a medical history and a physical exam. Sedative medications are given as an intramuscular injection that works quickly and reliably within a few minutes. You may hold and comfort your child until the sedative takes effect.
During the Procedure
After your child is sedated and sleepy the doctor will take your child to the dental treatment room and place heart and breathing monitors. A controlled sedative infusion is started and continued throughout the dental treatment.
At the end of the Procedure
At the end of the dental treatment, the IV medicine is Stopped, and the IV and monitors are removed as your child begins to awaken. Nausea and vomiting are rare. If your child experiences any unexpected symptoms such as fever or bleeding, call our office.