As a post Treatment Care in Katy it is recommended to avoid touching, pulling, sucking, or chewing on the numb areas. Usually the interior of the mouth, the lips and cheeks are numbed during -and- after the procedure. Avoid eating for at least two hours. If the patient is extremely hungry, soft foods and liquids are suggested. Young children that are not used to the anesthesia feeling usually tell adults that it hurts, but it refers mostly to the tingly feeling/ballooning effect from been numbed.
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 pediatric dentist in Katy 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.
If your child has had a nerve treatment, please review discomfort instructions, if necessary. Usually, children are more comfortable after nerve treatments than adults.
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.
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.