After Care: 

general anesthesia



Please follow any specific instructions the doctor provided specifically for your child. The following general after care guidelines are to be used for informational purposes only. If you have any additional questions about your child's after care needs, please do not hesitate to contact our office directly. 



 Your child has received medications that can alter her/his perception, memory and coordination. Though full recovery is expected within the day of the procedure, effects of these medications can continue for up to 24 hours. By following these instructions, an uneventful recovery is expected. The following categories will address specific issues pertaining to recovery:



Provide help and assistance when moving- move slowly.

Allow your child to move on their own- do not force them or move them excessively- rocking, swaying can cause nausea and vomiting.

Close supervision is important to ensure the safety of your child.



Resume taking any prescribed medications once fluids are being tolerated.

If prescriptions were given for the procedure, take as directed.

Over the counter pain relievers can very helpful to take, especially if your child develops a temperature and should be specifically addressed by the dental team before leaving the office. If you have questions, please call us directly.



Liquids may be consumed as soon as possible. Begin with frequent small quantities of clear fluids- water, pedialyte, gatorade. NO dairy products at first.

Progress slowly from liquids to soups to solid foods.

Increase the diet as tolerated depending on the response of the your child.

Taking your time increasing your child’s diet will help to avoid nausea and vomiting.



On occasion, it is possible to see one or more of the following:

☐ Nausea and Vomiting - this is best avoided by minimizing or avoiding external movement (rocking, swaying) and slowly introducing your child to fluids as well as slowly progressing their intake from liquids to solids.

☐ Elevated Temperature - may be noticed during recovery, though this will resolve with time, it is OK to give a medication like Tylenol or Motrin once your child is tolerating fluids.

☐ Fast Heart Rate - this is the result of medication given and will go away with time. If it persists more than 2 hours, please call the office.

☐ Red areas on the face and/or body - this is also a result of medication given and will go away with time. If it persist more than 2 hours, please call the office.

☐On the day of surgery, clean your child’s mouth with a soft toothbrush and water.  Resume normal

brushing the following day unless instructed otherwise.

☐ Swelling may occur.  Apply a COLD cloth to the swollen area for 20 minutes.  Call if swelling persists

for more than three days.

☐ Minor discomfort of the gums and teeth may occur after dental treatment.  These symptoms should begin to gradually disappear in 2 to 4 days.

☐ If there are any problems experienced that were not discussed above or problems or difficulties are continuing, please call the office at (520) 775-1245 during business hours or use the provided after-hours number provided by the team at your visit.

☐ If you feel you have a true medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.



Once your child has dental treatment completed under general anesthesia, it is very important to return for regular checkups to maintain optimal oral health. Please maintain any follow up care appointments and proper oral care as instructed by your dentist to ensure the best long-term outcome.

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Location: 6970 N. Oracle Road Suite 110

Tucson, AZ 85704


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