In general, the procedure is very well-tolerated by children. We take every measure to ensure that pain and stress during the procedure is minimized.

  1. General anesthesia is not utilized in the office
  2. Due to laser safety regulations, parents are not allowed in the treatment room during the procedure. I will carry your baby to and from the room, and the approximate time away from you is about 15 minutes. The actual time of lasering is 15-30 seconds.
  3. For children 12 months of age or older, numbing cream is applied. In some instances, an injected local anesthetic may be applied for additional anesthesia.
  4. Crying and fussing are common during and after the procedure. In older children, we have the option of giving an oral dose of Versed (midazolam), which is a relaxing medicine maybe recommended. It is very safe in children and begins working in 20-30 minutes. It helps alleviate separation anxiety in addition to providing an amnesia-like effect during the procedure. It lasts about 90-120 minutes.
  5. You may breastfeed, bottle-feed, or soothe your baby in any manner you’d like following the procedure. You may stay as long as necessary.