Post OP Instructions
Children do not understand the effects of local anesthesia, and often report “pain.” That can be the fat feeling or tingling after the numbness is wearing off. Often children may chew, scratch, suck, or play with the numb lip, tongue, or cheek. These actions can cause minor irritations or severe tissue damage that can lead to swelling and pain. In most cases, even with severe tissue damage, the patient will heal normally over the next couple of days. Please monitor your child closely for approximately two hours following the appointment. It is often wise to keep your child on a liquid or soft diet until the anesthetic has worn off.
2. Care of the Mouth after Extraction It is important to have your child not scratch, suck, chew, or rub the lips, tongue, or cheek while they are numb. Your child should be watched closely so they do not injure his/her lip, tongue, or cheek before the anesthesia wears off.
★Keep their fingers and tongue away from the extraction area.
★Do not rinse their mouth for several hours.
★Do not let them spit excessively.
★Do not give them a carbonated beverage (Coke, Sprite, etc.) for the remainder of the day
★Do not let them drink through a straw, it can pull out the clot.
★Watch for excessive bleeding Some bleeding can be expected. If unusual bleeding occurs, place cotton gauze, wet paper towel, or wash cloth firmly over the extraction area and bite down or hold in place for fifteen minutes. A tea bag can also aid in clotting. Repeat if necessary. Maintain a soft diet for a day or two, or until your child feels comfortable eating normally again. Avoid strenuous sports or physical activity for several hours after the extraction.
3. Post-Op Pain