Pediatric Dental Post Op Instructions, Pediatric Dentists
After Local Anesthetic
Your child has had a local anesthetic (numbing) for their dental procedure. If the dental work was in the lower jaw, your child’s lip, cheek, teeth, and tongue on the side that was treated will feel numb (or asleep) for approximately TWO HOURS following the procedure. If the procedure was on the top jaw, the teeth, lip and some of the cheek will be numb.
Often, children do not understand the effects of local anesthesia. They may chew, scratch, suck or play with the lip, tongue, or cheek because it is numb. Doing so may cause minor irritations or they may be severe enough to cause swelling and abrasions to the tissue. Please monitor your child closely for approximately two to three hours following the appointment. It is often wise to keep your child on a liquid or soft diet until the anesthetic has worn off.
The dental procedure that was done on your child will require good oral hygiene practices to ensure maximum longevity. Please, floss and brush the teeth, gums and the dental work and refrain from sticky and chewy candy that may dislodge your dental work.
Instructions following Extractions
Bite on a gauze pad for 20 min. If the bleeding persists, place another gauze pad over the area for another 20 minutes.
DO NOT RINSE YOUR MOUTH TODAY. After that, rinse with warm water after eating or drinking. Do not swish to hard for several days after the extraction. This will prevent disturbing the clot.
Do not scratch, chew, suck, or rub the lips, tongue, or cheek while they feel numb or asleep. The children should be watched closely so they do not injure their lip, tongue, or cheek before the anesthesia wears off.
Discolored saliva may be apparent for 12-24 hours.
Do not spit excessively.
If necessary, Children’s Tylenol, Motrin may be taken for pain as needed.
Do not drink through a straw. The sucking action may remove the clot.
Avoid acidic and salty foods and beverages which may cause sensitivity to the extraction area.
Keep fingers and tongue away from the extraction area as this can bring bacteria and germs to the area.
Maintain a soft diet for a day or two or until the child feels comfortable eating normally.
Avoid strenuous exercise or physical activity after the day of the extraction.
Slight swelling may be expected to accompany the removal of teeth. Apply ice bags to the face for 20 min each hour. Do this for several hours today only.