My Child Had Intravenous Sedation. When Should I Call The Dentist?

After your child has been discharged from the dental office receiving intravenous procedures it is normal for a few hours for them to feel nauseous, and groggy. These side affects should only last for a few hours after the procedure. Your child should be monitored if they are feeling ill for longer than that.  Intravenous sedation is a deep sleep that allows long dental procedures to be completed or dental procedures to be completed on a child who is fearful or unable to stay seated for a long time.

After the procedure some discomfort may be felt and is considered normal. If your child is uncomfortable from the procedure you can give them the appropriate dosage of Tylenol and Motrin up to twenty-four hours after the procedure. If the discomfort persists, after the twenty-four hours, you should notify Dr. Fuller and his team.

If your child continues to be nauseous, has a fever, or their gums are bleeding you should also contact Dr. Fuller in order to get his recommendations as it maybe necessary for you to bring your child back into the dentist or to a doctor.  If severe pain or vomiting occurs these are concerns that should be followed up with a call to the dental team.

If you have any questions after the procedure you should contact the office of Dr. Cameron Fuller and his team.


  1. It's good to hear this before the fact. My son is going in for a procedure in a couple of weeks and I was a little bit worried about what to do while he was waking up from the sedation. He really needs the dental procedure done, but I was worried. I'm glad you wrote about the appropriate time to go and pick up my son and when to expect him to come out of sedation.

    Gerald Vonberger |

    1. Gerald,
      Thank you for stopping by. Glad to hear that this information was helpful for you.

  2. In what cases is intravenous situation approved? Does it need to be a major procedure, or does it just depend on the anxiety of the child? I didn't know this practice was so common.

    Jenn |

    1. Hello Jennifer,
      Thank you for stopping by. There are multiple reasons why a pediatric dentist might suggest intravenous sedation. Check with the dentist ahead of time to see if it's appropriate for your child.


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