When your child undergoes sedation for imaging or other painful procedures, the Pediatric Sedation Clinic at the UNM Children's Hospital in Albuquerque is here to help ease the discomfort.
Our highly skilled team includes doctors and nurses who specialize in sedation. We are family-focused and strive to deliver the highest caliber of care to every patient coming through our doors.
Caring for Your Child
Your child's procedure will be done under procedural sedation, which means that we will give your child medication that causes drowsiness. The sedation medicine will be administered through an IV or a nasal spray and if you're comfortable, we might ask you to hold your child if we insert an IV.
After your child is sleepy, we'll monitor your child's heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels.
Our staff will stay with your child for the entire scan or procedure.
After the Scan or Procedure
Depending on the type of scan or procedure, it will take some time for your child to wake up. A nurse will watch your child until fully awake.
- After magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), it may take 30 to 90 minutes for your child to wake up.
- After a computed tomography (CT) scan, it may take 15-30 minutes for your child to wake up.
- After a renogram, it may take 45 minutes to an hour for your child to wake up.
We will watch your child after waking for an additional one to three hours.
What to Expect
This video offers tips to help you prepare your child for an MRI procedure.