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CHILDREN’S ORAL SEDATION Midazolam — For Your Child’s Dental Appointment

Our goal, as an office, is to create a safe, happy environment for your child, while building a positive relationship for the future. If you are concerned at all about your child’s level of anxiety or behaviour at the dentist, you may want to consider Midazolam as an option.

Midazolam is a medication used specifically for children prior to dental and/or medical procedures to slow activity in the mind, allowing them to relax (sometimes sleep), control anxiety, and keep calm while creating a temporary amnesia of their appointment. It is dispensed as a liquid; the dose is determined by your child’s weight. Midazolam is taken orally in the office 30-45 minutes prior to the appointment. Please bring juice (avoiding grapefruit juice) to give to your child after taking the medication. Midazolam falls under the broad category of benzodiazepine, which is used to manage and/or treat anxiety. It provides a conscious sedation where most children will remain drowsy, often napping for 3-5 hours, once the appointment is over. For 24 hours following the appointment, please keep your child from using any toys that require concentration or fine motor skills (i.e. bikes, scooters, etc.), as it may result in injury. For a small percentage of children, Midazolam may make them more energetic — dentistry will not be possible in this case. While on the medication, they may need a reminder to use the washroom, as well as may not seem like themselves.

Should you have any further questions, please contact the Landmark Dental team. Remember, the children who do best are those whose parents don’t create alarm.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.