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.
- Sedation is also used in a large number of clinical situations to reduce children’s anxiety significantly and to improve immobility during a medical procedure
- Suturing wounds
- Procedures requiring a needle
- Minor accidents and emergency procedures
- Diagnostic procedures such as MRIs and CT scans
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.