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206-2609 Westview Drive, North Vancouver, BC, Canada V7N 4M2

Preoperative Instructions


Your Child and Nitrous Oxide
Sometimes, a child may feel anxious before or during treatment. Your child may need more support than a gentle, caring manner to feel comfortable. Nitrous oxide / oxygen is a safe, effective sedative agent used to calm a child's fear of the dental visit and enhance effective communication. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office at 604.983.2253.

Are There Any Special Instructions For Nitrous Oxide / Oxygen?
Please give your child little or no food in the two hours preceeding the dental visit (occassionally, nausea or vomitting occurs when a child has a full stomach). Second, please tell us about any respiratory condition that makes breathing through the nose difficult for your child, as it may limit the effectiveness of nitrous oxide / oxygen. Third, please tell us if your child is taking any medicaiton on the day of the appointment.

Your Child and Conscious Sedation
There are many different medications that can be used for various clinical situations. Please discuss this option with Dr. Gerry. Below are some general comments about the use of sedatives in Pediatric Dentistry.

Pediatric Sedation
Some children cannot receive dental treatment in the usual manner due to their young age, excessive fear, inability to cooperate and/or extensive treatment needs. It has been determined that your child might benefit by receiving sedative medication(s), so that your child’s dental treatment needs can be accomplished more easily. Sedation is NOT the same as a general anesthesia and your child will NOT be asleep like they would be in a hospital. It is possible that your child may cry during their visit but this can be a normal expectation for some children even though they are not experiencing anything painful.

Due to the large block of time reserved for your child’s sedation appointment, you MUST BE ON TIME, or we may have to reschedule the appointment. Please remember that other children (and their parents) will be arriving on time immediately after your visit.

PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE IF YOUR CHILD SHOWS ANY SIGNS ILLNESS PRIOR TO THE APPOINTMENT. The development of a cold or a fever is a reason for concern and may result in the appointment being delayed.Do not give your child any medication unless cleared by Dr. Pochynok first.

YOUR CHILD MUST NOT EAT ANYTHING FOR 6 HOURS, BUT CAN DRINK CLEAR LIQUIDS (WATER OR APPLE JUICE) 3 HOURS PRIOR TO COMING IN, UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. THIS MEANS NO BREAKFAST FOR AN EARLY MORNING APPOINTMENT. AN EMPTY STOMACH IS MANDATORY!

You will be asked to be responsible for your child while you are waiting for the sedation to take effect. You will usually be asked to remain in the reception area once your child’s treatment is underway.

Please note that our office deals with children’s dental problems, many of which are severe, on a daily basis. All of our staff is very accustomed to dealing with these sedative agents many times a day, and your child will be monitored throughout the procedure.

CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN SEDATED MUST REMAIN AT HOME FOR THE REST OF THE DAY UNDER ADULT SUPERVISION.

It is very safe yet it is not very strong at dosages used in non-hospital settings, so please do not expect it to "knock your child out."

Sedatives can remain in the system for up to 6 hours, so you must supervise your child for at least 6 hours after the dose, and your child may not return to school that day.

Only bring the patient with you to their appointment, no siblings (older or younger) that are not being seen by the dentist that day.

General Anesthesia
For more information regarding general anesthesia at the Delbrook Surgical Centre please visit the website of our anesthesiologist Dr. George Maryniak.

If your child is sick or has congestion within several days of the appointment, please contact our office to see if they should be rescheduled to another time.