Post Op Care

15344511_sComfort and Fun is always the number 1 goal at River Valley Pediatrics! However some procedures can leave mouths feeling awkward, sensitive, or downright painful. We will provide you with specific guidelines at the clinic but the following tips provide a general outline for post operations care and health.

Care for the mouth after a general cleaning
After a cleaning, your child may feel some discomfort due to inflamed gums. In fact, most thorough cleanings will include some small amounts of bleeding and swelling.
We Recommend:
– Rinsing with salter water 2 -3 times the day of and day after cleaning
– Children with moderate to high pain may be given children’s pain medication such as, Children’s Tylenol,Advil, or Motrin.

After nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
Nitrous Oxide generally leaves the body within 15 – 20mins. There are few risks associated with using laughing gas, and can be thought of as a minor procedure.
We Recommend:
– Soft and light foods for 2 -3 hours
– If children experience light headinesses for more than 2 hours contact your local physician

After oral sedation or anesthesia

Your child’s lips, teeth, tongue, and gum tissue can be asleep after oral sedation. Not all children will understand sedation or anesthesia, and can suck or chew on the numbed tissue as a result. This can cause injury, so ensure your child does not do this while sleeping or awake. The effects generally wear off within two hours, at which point you can discontinue monitoring your child. Keep your child on a soft of liquid diet for several hours following treatment. You may also wish to avoid foods that are very hot or very cold, as these can cause discomfort.

Care for the mouth after extractions

After an extraction, the area may feel numb and some bleeding may occur. Watch your child to ensure there is no biting, chewing, or sucking on the tender tissue. Do not allow your child soda or other carbonated beverages for the remainder of the day. You may give children’s pain medication as directed.