Pediatric Sedation Reduces Fear & is Safer For Kids Posted on July 31, 2018 Many tests and procedures require infants, children and adolescents to hold still in a particular position for a few minutes to several hours. Sedation is the use of a sedative or medication to help children relax. It helps minimize fears and anxiety for children and is a safer alternative to anesthesia. Community Children’s Pediatric Sedation Unit (PSU) at Community Medical Center has a dedicated outpatient unit exclusively for the administration of sedation to children. Our pediatric sedation unit is unique. We offer minimal, moderate and even deep sedation for children requiring procedures and testing that would be traumatic or painful without sedation. We are the only hospital in Montana that offers nitrous oxide sedation for brief medical procedures. Our patients do not lose the ability to maintain their own airway, so intubation is rarely required. The medical professionals at Community Children’s are specially trained to care for children of all ages. Not only do we understand the different procedures and testing required to diagnose and treat different diseases, we also understand the pediatric population. We know how to make them feel safe, talk to them and how to meet their unique needs. WHO NEEDS SEDATION? We treat children with many different types of health conditions and developmental delays and provide procedures and testing for many urological, neurological, endocrine, radiographic and medical concerns. We provide pediatric outpatient sedations for required medical testing and procedures in an intensely monitored, family friendly pediatric setting. Procedures that we may require sedation Radiographic Studies MRI and CT Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing for possible hearing loss Nuclear Medicine Procedures PICC Line placement G-tube changes Lumbar punctures Urodynamics Bowel Management Botox injections For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (406) 327-4170.