IV Sedation


At Kids World Pediatrics, we want your child to have the best dental experience possible. For this reason, IV sedation may be recommended for certain dental procedures. IV sedation uses intravenous medications to keep your child sleepy and relaxed during the procedure. Depending on the type of procedure, there are two levels of sedation offered with IV sedation. The first is deep sedation, which keeps the child asleep, but able to respond to stimuli. For this reason, deep sedation is paired with local anesthetics to prevent pain. The other type of IV sedation is general anesthesia, which renders the child completely unconscious and unresponsive to stimuli.

Did You Know?

Not only does IV sedation offer the deepest level of sedation, but it is also the fastest-acting and easiest method to control. Since the sedation medications are delivered straight to the vein, the body is able to quickly respond to these medications within seconds or minutes. The fast reaction time allows for more control over the level of sedation. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Does my child need IV sedation?

Your child may need IV sedation if they: 

  • Need multiple or invasive procedures
  • Have sensitive teeth or are experiencing pain
  • Cannot sit still
  • Are prone to gagging
  • Have a dental emergency
  • Are afraid
Cartoon of a giant tooth sleeping in the dental chair

Ultimately, the type of dental sedation needed will depend on the child, their medical history, and the procedure being performed.  In some cases, conscious sedation may be a better option. Your Stone Oak Pediatric Dentist Dr. Torres will help you to decide if IV sedation is the right choice for your child. 

Is IV sedation safe for my child?

The American Academy of Pediatrics(AAP) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) deem IV sedation to be safe for children as long as it is performed using specific guidelines. To learn more about these guidelines, see this article in the AAP June issue. Nevertheless, there are always risks associated with any type of sedation, therefore San Antonio Pediatric Dentist Dr. Torres will thoroughly evaluate your child’s health and medical history prior to administering any type of sedation. 

How can I prepare my child for IV sedation at Kids World Pediatrics?

To prepare your child for IV sedation, you will need to prevent them from eating or drinking for 8 hours before their procedure time. For this reason, most procedures requiring IV sedation are performed in the morning. Fasting before the procedure is highly important because it prevents complications from occurring during and after the procedure. 


Another way to prepare your child is to dress them in comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and closed toed shoes. You may also advise them to bring their favorite blanket, toy, or stuffed animal for emotional comfort. If your child is old enough to understand, you can explain to them what will happen so they can prepare themselves. 

How do I care for my child after they receive IV sedation at Kids World Pediatrics?

After your child receives IV sedation, you can expect them to be drowsy and groggy for the rest of the day. Depending on the level of sedation and how fast their body metabolizes it, your child may take some time to “wake up” after their procedure. Once home, it is important to closely monitor your child and ensure they get plenty of fluids and rest. Depending on their procedure, additional post-operative guidelines may be provided. 

Sleepy girl rubbing her eye

ATTN: Families of Kids World Pediatric Dentistry

Dear Families of Kids World Pediatric Dentistry,

We hope you are all well and in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the Texas State Dental Board, American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agency recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff from the current COVID-19 crisis. The process to check in will for now be different than the previous “normal”

        Before your appointment fill our screening questionnaire and any required forms from our website, this will reduce paperwork at the office. You will be asked those same questions again when you arrive at the office in case anything has changed. The patient’s temperature will be taken upon arrival. Please understand that if required we might have to reschedule your visit.

        Check in by phone when you park your car. You will receive a text to enter the office.

        Please bring only the patient that is being seen and one adult.

        We will guide you to either a seating area assigned with a letter or straight to the treatment room.

        Mandatory:  Please wear mask.

        Please maintain social distancing.

        Only patients in treatment areas when possible, this reduces effects of any aerosols.

        We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

        Our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, books, toys, ipads and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

        Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

        We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 210 787 1200 or visit our website at kidsworldpediatricdental.com

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to seeing you and your smiles.


Kids World Pediatric Dentistry Team

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