Post Operative Instructions

Local Anesthesia

When a local anesthetic is given to a child, there will be a temporary numbness in that particular area. A local anesthetic is used to prevent pain during the treatment and will eventually wear off 2 hours post-treatment. This period of time is crucial so it is essential to keep an eye on your child. Since there is numbness, your child won't have any sensation in that area and it is common that they fiddle with it by biting or scratching. This might cause severe injury and when the effect of the anesthetic vanishes, your child might experience pain. Therefore, it is necessary to keep your child distracted to avoid them from meddling with that area until the anesthesia wears off. Despite your efforts, if the child still manages to cause damage to that area, it is important to monitor the level of harm. If it's anything serious please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide is a mild sedation usually given to children during dental procedures. It is commonly known as "laughing gas" and it helps in reducing anxiety or fear during a dental procedure. It is inhaled through the nose with the help of a small mask and the effect of nitrous oxide wears off as soon as the mask is removed. It is used when there are simple cleanings or fillings.

Extractions

  • After an extraction, the effects of anesthesia may persist up to 2 hours. Due to numbness, your child won't feel pain or have any sensation and may end up injuring themselves by biting or meddling with that area. Therefore, keep an eye on your child to avoid such situations.
  • It is recommended for your child to consume soft and bland foods for a couple of days. Hard and spicy foods must be avoided during this time as the extraction area is sensitive.
  • Sipping liquids through straws or sip cups and spitting often must be completely avoided as the pressure might lead to bleeding.
  • It is common for the extraction site to bleed as it is extremely sensitive. Therefore, if the bleeding does not stop, it is advised to place a gauze which has to be bitten for about 30 minutes.
  • Painkillers like Tylenol and Advil can be taken after the gauze has been removed. If the pain still persists after 24 hours please free to contact our office.
  • Proper rest is advised and heavy activities must be avoided.

Oral and Intravenous (IV) Sedations

Oral sedatives are given to children who are extremely nervous and restless before the procedure. They usually come in the form of tablets or liquids and are given before the procedure begins. The effects start working within 20 minutes after it has been given and it might make the child a little drowsy but it is relaxing. The dentists recommend following some pre-procedural steps to be taken before arriving for an appointment. It involves consuming less or no food, proper intake of fluids before the procedure and wearing comfortable clothing for the procedure.

Intravenous (IV) sedations are given by injecting a needle through the vein usually in the arm or the back of the hand. The advantage of IV sedation are; it works quickly and the levels of sedation can be adjusted by the dentist whenever required.

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