LOCAL ANESTHESIA

If your child has received numbing medication for his/her dental care, the lips/tongue/cheek may be numb for up to two (2) hours afterward. Please observe them carefully and discourage touching, sucking, or chewing on the numb areas. These activities can severely damage the mouth. Lips can take more than a week to heal if left completely alone. Only very soft foods and liquids are recommended if your child is hungry. After, the two hours have passed, any food except sticky, hard foods are allowable. Youngsters generally do not like the feeling of anesthesia and often tell parents it hurts. Young patients do not know any other way to express or verbalize the ballooning (fat), tingly feeling.

DISCOMFORT

If your child complains of discomfort after the dental appointment, please give your child Motrin or Advil (ibuprofen) by weight recommendations on the bottle if your child can tolerate this medication. Otherwise, Tylenol is an acceptable alternative. It may take up to an hour for discomfort to be alleviated after taking the medication. If discomfort is severe, or persists, call our office and a doctor will be paged by the answering service.

FILLINGS OR CROWNS

If your child has received fillings or crowns, you can USUALLY expect numb lips. Occasionally, children have gum sensitivity or redness after white fillings or crowns are placed. Sometimes dabbing Benadryl elixir on the gum tissue can help alleviate the sensitivity reaction. If necessary, applying the elixir for several days can make your child more comfortable.

NERVE TREATMENTS

If your child has had a nerve treatment, please review discomfort instructions, if necessary. Usually, children are more comfortable after nerve treatments than adults.

SEDATION

Your child’s “balance” will be “off”, so activity should be closely monitored for six (6) hours. For this reason, we advise you to NOT send them back to school. Please choose activities which do not require gross motor skills and hold their hand while walking to avoid stumbling or tripping. Watching movies, coloring, reading or being read to, etc. are good choices for activities. Do NOT allow your child to overheat.

EXTRACTIONS

If your child has had a tooth (or teeth) extracted, they will almost ALWAYS have numb lips. Avoid forceful spitting, use of straws, pacifiers, bottles, and drinking of carbonated or hot beverages as these cause prolonged bleeding and/or pain. Oozing may be normal for a day or two. Cooler, foods are recommended as they help stop oozing, swelling, and pain.