Sedation for dental treatment (1954)

Key points below

Your child’s dental treatment is scheduled for (date) ___________________________________ at (time) _______________ in the Dental Clinic at Children’s Wisconsin.

Please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled appointment time. The parent or guardian must come with your child to the office and must stay until the treatment is finished.

A medicine will be given to help your child relax during the treatment. It is important to follow these directions the day of and night before the treatment. The medicine being given is _________________________________.

Eating and drinking

Do not let your child eat any foods or have dairy products (milk) after midnight before treatment. Your child may have up to 4 ounces of clear fluids until 4 hours before treatment. Your child should have nothing for the 4 hours before their treatment

Clear fluids include: water, apple juice, Jell-O® and Popsicles®.

If you follow this schedule, there will be less risk from sedation. It will also help the sedation work better.

Change in health

Be sure to tell the dentist if your child has any changes with their health within 7 days before the treatment.


Talk to your child's doctor about giving daily maintenance medicines and over the counter medicines the day of treatment.

After treatment

Your child's dentist will meet with you to discuss the treatment. You will also be told what to expect at home. Be sure to ask any questions you have about the treatment.

Children’s Dental Center (414) 266- 2040

If the clinic is not open and you need to talk to a dentist, call (414) 266-2000. Ask for the dentist on call.


Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has:

  • Vomiting that does not get better after 4 hours.
  • A temperature over 101° F (38° C).
  • Problems breathing.
  • Pain that does not get better with acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil).
  • Bleeding that does not stop after 10 minutes.
  • Special health care needs that were not covered by this information.