Home Care for Children Having Dental Rehabilitation
Your child may feel sleepy for the next 24 hours after general anesthesia.
Please do not leave the child alone. Children should rest at home, but may
be up and about. Don’t let your child do any hard playing or anything that
needs quick reflexes for 24 hours. After 24 hours the child can play as
always. Begin brushing teeth tomorrow.
There may be some nausea and vomiting but this should last a short time. If
your child does vomit, wait about 30 minutes before giving liquids such as
water or clear juice. If there is no nausea, move slowly to a regular diet.
Start with clear liquids and stay away from fatty food and dairy products.
Bleeding: The child will likely have bleeding around the gums after
cleanings, fillings, crowns or extractions. This should stop within a couple
of days. Unusual or constant bleeding might happen if teeth were removed.
Place cotton gauze or a tea bag firmly over the extraction area. Have the
child bite down or hold it in place for 15 minutes. Repeat if necessary and
call your dental clinic if bleeding continues.
Pain: A child may or may not feel sore. Your child may have a sore throat
after anesthesia for 24-48 hours. You may give Children’s Tylenol®
(acetaminophen) or Motrin® or Advil® (Ibuprofen) if necessary. Warm salt
water rinses (1 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup warm water), 2-3 times a day,
should follow a cleaning for 2-3 days.
Fever: A low-grade fever, 99-100° F, is normal. If the fever continues over
101.5° for 24 hours please call your primary care provider or urgent care.
Care of the Mouth after Extractions
Watch your child closely for about 2 hours following the appointment. It is
good to keep your child on a liquid or soft diet until the anesthetic has worn
ξ Do not let the child scratch, chew, or suck, or rub the lips, tongue, or
cheek while they feel numb or asleep. The child should be watched
closely so he/she does not injure his/her lip, tongue, or cheek before
the anesthesia wears off.
ξ Do not let the child rinse the mouth for several hours
ξ Do not let the child spit excessively.
ξ Do not let the child drink carbonated beverages (Coke, Sprite, etc.) for
the rest of the day
ξ Do not let the child drink through a straw for 24 hours
ξ Keep the child’s fingers and tongue away from the extraction area
Children’s Dental Center of Madison
Dr. Tim Kinzel 608-833-6545
Dr. Allison Dowd 608-288-1543
Dr. Tony Hernandez 608-825-7500
Madison Pediatric Dental
Dr Wilson 608-222-6160 or 608-345-6160
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and
call if you have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check
with your doctor. This is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any
medical condition. Because each person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor
or others on your health care team when using this information. If you have an emergency, please call
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