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 oral medications that can alter her/his perception, memory, and coordination. Though full recovery is expected within the day following the procedure, effects of medications used can persist after dental treatment is "complete". By following instructions given specifically for your child, an uneventful recovery is expected. The following categories will address specific issues pertaining to recovery:
Use appropriate safety restraints (i.e. car seat, booster seat, safety belt) for transporation after the appointment. Our office recommends two adults be present for the ride home so your child may be accompanied in the back seat by an adult comfort them and attend to any needs.
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 for the remainder of the day. Reserve the remainder of the day for recovery, and do not permit your child to take a bath, go swimming, use playground equipment, or go unsupervised.
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 be used if instructed by your doctor spefic to your child's siutation.
EATING AND DRINKING:
Liquids may be consumed as soon as possible. Begin with frequent small quantities of clear fluids- water, Pedialyte or apply juice. 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.
☐ Red areas on the face and/or body - this is can be a result of safety devices (heart rate monitor or blood pressure cuff) used to monitor your child 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 depending on the dental treatment provided. Apply a COLD cloth to the swollen area for 20 minutes. Your dentist should have informed you about expected swelling. If you have any concerns, please call your dentist directly.
☐ 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.
☐ If you feel your child is experiencing a true medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Once your child has treatment completed, it is very important to return for regular checkups to maintain 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.