Before the procedure, you and your child will meet with an anesthesiologist. You will be asked questions about your child's heart history, allergies, medications or other health issues. In particular, it is important to let the anesthesiologist know of any previous problems with anesthesia or recent illnesses.
Before going to sleep for a procedure, many children are sedated with a medication that can be taken by mouth. This helps to relax the child, make the separation process from the parents smoother, and often provides amnesia so the child does not remember the experience.