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Connecticut Children’s pediatric sedation team is devoted to helping kids feel less anxious and more comfortable during their procedure or test. Our goal is to minimize physical discomfort and reduce the negative psychological impact to our patients while helping complete necessary procedures.
Connecticut Children’s sedation team provides sedation (medication that calms the nervous system) prior to a wide range of tests or procedures that cause pain, provokes anxiety or requires a patient to be still. When children get sedation, that means they’re given medicine to make them feel more relaxed or sleepy. The team uses medicines and delivery methods that allow your child to have a more natural sleep state, so general anesthesia and a breathing device are typically not needed.
Our board-certified sedation specialists evaluate every child before a scheduled test or procedure to determine whether a child will need sedation, and what type of sedation to offer. Considerations include the child’s age and developmental level, length of time it takes to perform the test or procedure, amount of discomfort expected during the test or procedure, and the child’s medical condition.
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Sedation services are offered at our main location in Hartford.
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Connecticut Children’s is committed to the health of our patients, families and communities. Right now, that includes taking special steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus, also called COVID-19.
We know families and providers have questions regarding coronavirus in children and we’re here to provide answers.
VISITOR RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT FOR ALL CONNECTICUT CHILDREN’S LOCATIONS. LEARN MORE.
If you are coming to Connecticut Children’s for care, please call your provider about any possible exposure or symptoms prior to your appointment.
Patients and families can get answers to coronavirus questions here.
Medical professionals can get clinical information about COVID-19 here.