Post Operative Instructions

Instructions for your child after check-up visit:

Today your child’s visit consisted of a dental cleaning with one of our registered dental hygienists along with an exam by the doctor and possibly radiographs(x-rays).   Occasionally if your child has a build-up of tartar the hygienist will have to use an instrument to clean the tartar from the teeth and below the gums.  Sensitivity is normal if this is done.  We recommend warm salt water rinses as needed and also Tylenol/Motrin.  Please make sure to stress the importance of brushing and flossing after their check-up.

Instructions for your child after treatment with N2O(nitrous oxide):

  • The assistant will go over any areas that have been numbed using a local anesthetic.  The anesthetic can last 2-3 hours.  Please monitor to make sure your child does not bite their cheek, tongue or lip during this time.
  • We recommend a soft diet until the numbing effect has subsided.
  • If only nitrous oxide was used, your child may resume normal activities once discharged from the office.  After treatment is completed they are placed on straight oxygen for 5 minutes allowing all of the nitrous to exit their system.
  • Depending on the treatment that was completed will depend if pain relievers are needed after.  Please allow the numbing to subside and if needed Tylenol/Motrin may be given every 4-6 hours.
  • Please call our office with any questions or concerns- 281-341-7733

Instructions for your child after conscious sedation:

  • Please monitor your child’s behavior for the next 3-4 hours. Normal behavior during recovery may vary.  Your child may be sleepy/groggy or he/she may be irritated/angry.  In addition, if your child received VERSED visual disturbance (hallucinations) are a common side effect.  The behavioral changes will diminish as the mediations wear off.  If your child desires to sleep, please allow him/her to rest.  It is very important to wake your child by 1:00 p.m. and keep him/her awake until his/her normal bedtime this evening.  Keep activity to a level that does not require coordination.  Absolutely no swimming, bike riding, skate boarding, roller skating, etc. for the remainder of the day.  Resume usual activity tomorrow.
  • Your child can consume a soft diet today such as spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, yogurt, etc. Your child also received a local anesthesia rendering his/her cheek, tongue and lips numb.  Watch him/her to make sure he/she does not bite these areas.  If these areas are bitten, no pain will be felt immediately due to numbness, but the pain and swelling will appear after the numbness wears off.
  • For the safety of your child, we ask that you call our office at 2:00 p.m. to inform us of your child’s’ recovery status. We are available at all times to help your child have a positive experience. 281-341-7733

Here is a print out for your records of the sedation post-operative instructions.

Post Operative Instructions