Postoperative Instructions

Your child just received dental treatment under sedation at our office
1. For safety, while driving home, please use an infant car seat or seat belts to restrain your child and carefully observe your child’s activities the rest of the day. The effects of the medication may last for a few hours today. Please watch your child carefully. Your child’s balance returns to normal hours after sedation, so restrain your child from climbing stairs, riding bicycles, or anything that requires full coordination and balance.

2. Local anesthesia has been used for your child today. The effect of the anesthetic may last up to two hours. Please watch that the lip, tongue, or cheek is not bitten. If this occurs place an ice pack over the area for 15 minutes on and 15minutes off. The injury will usually look worse than it actually is. Call the clinic to have the doctor examine your child if you think it is a severe injury.

3. Some oozing is normal after extractions or after some dental procedures. If bleeding occurs place gauze –pressure over the surgical site to stop the bleeding. If the bleeding persists and is profuse, please call our office immediately (Unusually heavy bleeding for more than 30 minutes).

4. Give children’s Tylenol for discomfort according to the directions on the label. One dose given prior to the anesthetic wearing off goes a long way in making your child comfortable post dental treatment. If you were provided with any other dental prescriptions, give them to your child as indicated on the label.

5. Give your child plenty of fluids today following the procedure (water, apple juice, orange juice, etc.) to keep from dehydration.

6. Following the appointment, your child may be groggy and may want to sleep a few hours. When your child awakes, encourage fluids and soft foods (soups, Jell-O, yogurt, etc.). The first food may be soft food of moderate quantity. Your child may wake up very hungry, but over-eating may cause vomiting or stomachache.

7. Other common side affects of sedation may be a spike in temperature, nausea, or vomiting. If these occur and you are concerned, please contact our office.

8. Severe rash over the torso and arms, or hives, may be indicative of an allergic response. Please call the telephone number provided to discuss signs and symptoms with the doctor.

9. When putting your child to bed, make sure that your child’s airway is unobstructed and breathing is clean.