Moderate Sedation

Moderate sedation (also known as conscious sedation) is a current practice in pre-medication for children, in order to improve patient comfort and safety.

Moderate Sedation

A Hospital Procedure

Moderate sedation is a hospital procedure which involves sedating a child to enable a doctor to carry out a procedure that may cause anxiety and be painful to some degree, without the child being terrified or so agitated that it is impossible to carry out the procedure.

Stress and pain cause a state of anxiety in the child which could delay healing. Pain, an unfamiliar environment, and separation from parents are all factors which increase apprehension in children.

The child is asleep or very somnolent for ten minutes to an hour. The child quickly comes round after the procedure.

Moderate sedation makes it possible to reduce the child’s anxiety and reduce pain

Benzodiazepines are one of the most-used therapeutic classes.