Sedation and general anesthesia
When your child has a procedure or surgery, he needs to stay still, from a few minutes to a few hours. To help with this, our team offers sedation (relaxing medicine) and anesthesia (sleep medicine). It is our goal to give the safest doses of medicine possible. That is why the Children’s team will give your child this medicine based on his weight and age. Our state-of-the-art facility is child-friendly to make your child as comfortable as possible.
What is sedation?
Sedation is medicine to make your child feel relaxed. It will be easier to handle the procedure he needs if he feels more relaxed. There are different levels of sedation. Sometimes he will be awake. Other times he will be in a deep sleep but still breathing on his own. He probably will not remember the procedure.
How is sedation different from general anesthesia?
Sedation just relaxes your child. He will still be able to feel some things. He will be able to breathe on his own.
General anesthesia puts your child to sleep. He will not feel pain at all. He will need help breathing from a machine, called a ventilator. Children who are having surgery, long procedures or who have certain medical conditions will need general anesthesia.
Does my child need to be sedated for every test or procedure?
No, we will only give your child this medicine if he really needs it. Sometimes we can avoid using sedation with the help of our child life specialists. They are specially trained to help your child through a test or procedure using distraction. Our team has years of experience at giving the right dose of sedation to keep your child comfortable but safe.