Sanford Children's provides child sedation services that help ease discomfort, reduce anxiety and calm your child during procedures or tests. We offer these services in our hospitals and clinic settings. Unlike general anesthesia, conscious sedation makes a child drowsy and less aware, but does not put your child to sleep or cause unresponsiveness. Pediatric sedation is proven to be safe and is often used when a child needs to remain still, has heightened anxiety or when a procedure will cause discomfort. We are here to ensure that every child has the comfort and support they need.