Children who have been sedated should return home for the remainder of the day and should be under parental supervision indoors. Your child will likely have only foggy recollections of the dental appointment. The effects of the medication should pass in approximately 12 hours. He/she may experience any of the following side effects from the medication(s) they received:
- The child may feel dizzy. Avoid stairs, bicycles or other activities where a fall could result in injury. Even while walking, hold your child’s hand or carry your child.
- The child may have nausea and/or vomiting. To minimize, restrict movement when the child is still sedated. Small sips of cool, clear liquids should be offered first. If these are tolerated well, offer semisolid foods like soup, noodles or rice.
- Very rarely, the child may hallucinate or see things. Reassure the child that they are safe.
- Very rarely, mood swings may occur wherein a calm, tranquil child will become disoriented or uncooperative. This is usually short-lived.
- Please refer to the Discharge Instructions sheet which you will receive at the end of your child’s appointment for additional information.