If your child feels anxious or afraid at the dentist, Dr. Richard Ruffalo and associates can provide him or her with IV sedation. We may also recommend IV sedation for children who are otherwise unable to receive treatment. We invite you to call our office at 412-257-1150 to schedule your child’s consultation with our experienced pediatric dentists, and to learn more about IV sedation in Pittsburgh and McMurray, Pennsylvania.
IV (intravenous) sedation is a form of conscious sedation that works by providing medication directly into the bloodstream to help your child relax and feel more comfortable while visiting our office. Before we provide your child with this treatment, we will review their medical history, dental needs, and other relevant factors with you to determine if it really is the best choice. We will carefully monitor your child throughout the entire appointment to ensure that there are no complications and that he or she remains comfortable and safe.
Before your child receives IV sedation, we ask that you:
- Notify us of any changes in your child’s health
- Notify us of any existing medical conditions
- Reschedule the appointment if your child has an ear infection, cold, or fever
- Tell us about any medications your child is using, and any reactions they have had to medication in the past
- Dress your child in comfortable, loose clothing
- Take your child to the bathroom before leaving for his or her appointment
- Do not give your child milk or solid food after midnight the night before his or her appointment
- For 6 hours leading up to their treatment, only give your child clear liquids to drink, such as water and apple juice
- Do not feed your child greasy, fatty, or fried foods before their appointment (this may cause them to vomit)
- If your child has asthma, bring his or her inhaler
After your child’s appointment:
- Monitor your child closely
- Have him or her sleep on their side, with their chin up
- Wake your child every few hours for a drink. This will reduce dehydration. Begin with small slips of a clear liquid
- Ensure that your child’s first meal after the appointment is light and easy to digest
- Help your child bend over and turn their head to the side if they vomit.
For more information about IV sedation and to make your child’s appointment with our pediatric specialists, please contact our office.