Pediatric Sedation Scheduling
How do I schedule my child for an appointment in the Pediatric Sedation Clinic?
Your child’s health care provider contacts the clinic if your child needs sedation for a procedure. Your child’s health care provider talks to the team about your child’s health and how soon the procedure is needed.
The appointment is scheduled after the team receives the sedation request and decides that it is safe for sedation to be given to your child. If the team decides that your child needs general anesthesia for the procedure, these guidelines do not apply.
A number of people and equipment are needed for your child’s procedure with sedation. We find a date and time that the sedation team is available and a time all the other people and equipment are available.
Please let your nurse or doctor know if there are times you can’t bring your child in for sedation. This is written on the sedation request form. We work very hard to honor your requests. Please know that your requests may delay your child’s procedure date.
• If the procedure needs to be done within the next month, our sedation
scheduling team will call you within the next few days with a date and time.
• If your health care provider said the procedure is not needed within the next
month, our schedulers will call you. You are called at least 3 to 4 weeks
before the procedure is needed to let you know the time and date.
Is there anything special I need to know before the appointment?
• Your child will not be able to eat or drink before the procedure. You
will get a letter with instructions about when your child needs to stop eating
and drinking. You will get a phone call from one of our schedulers on the
clinic day before the sedation to go over the instructions with you.
• If your child needs an Intravenous Line (IV) placed for the procedure we will
talk about ways to make this as pain and stress free as possible. We may use
a numbing cream or a small amount of sedation.
What types of sedation are offered?
Minimal - a mild form of sedation. Medicine is given in a liquid or a gas form. Your child may stay awake but be more relaxed and less aware of the procedure.
Moderate – medicine is given in liquid or gas, or by IV. Your child may be awake but very relaxed with little or no pain. Your child may fall asleep but be easy to wake. The medicine may make your child not remember the procedure after medicine has worn off.
Deep - Medicine is given in an IV that will make your child fall asleep. The goal is that your child has little to no movement. Your child will not know what is happening in the procedure. Your child will not remember the procedure after medicine has worn off.
Call our clinic if you have any questions about the scheduling of your child’s sedation appointment. 608-262-4402
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Last Updated: 09/16/2013
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