Will My Child Remember Anything?
Since Denali Pediatric Dentistry offers in-office sedation options, a lot of parents want to know if their child will remember anything about her treatment. This will all depend on the type of sedation that is used during the procedure.
Sedatives and Amnesia
Many sedatives are also amnesiacs, causing people to forget about their appointment or anything that happened during it. For instance, liquid sedation allows patients to remain in a semi-conscious state. They’ll be able to respond to simple directions (“open your mouth”), but they won’t remember much, if anything, about the appointment. Deeper sedation with IV medication is the best way to block any type of memory about the visit because it’s designed to put patients in a deep sleep.
Nitrous oxide will relax patients, but children are still completely aware of their surroundings and can recall any conversations that they have had. However, some children still have a difficult time remembering the visit as laughing gas makes them “feel funny” or even take a nap during the procedure.