Many dental procedures require local anesthesia. This numbing medication allows dental treatments to be completed with minimal discomfort for your child. Depending on the treatment, your child may experience numbness in the following areas:
Local anesthesia usually lasts for one to two hours after leaving our office. Watch your child carefully to make sure he or she does not chew, suck, or play with the numb areas of their mouth.
Additionally, avoid letting your child chew or eat anything until all the numbness has worn off. This can cause swelling, bleeding, or even severe trauma.
After a tooth extraction, we’ll provide gauze for your child to bite down on at the extraction site. Your child should hold this in place for at least 30 minutes following the procedure.
If the bleeding stops and then restarts when you get home, give your child a new piece of gauze to bite down on. Allow your child to rest quietly for an additional 30 minutes during this time. Make sure they’re simply biting down on the gauze, not chewing it.
If your child’s extraction site is actively bleeding after several hours, check to see if there is bright blood dripping every 1-2 seconds from the extraction site. If you notice this, please contact our office immediately.
Cleaning the Extraction Site
Avoid brushing the extraction area with a toothbrush for several days. We will give you a small syringe to clean the extraction site with warm water when brushing the rest of your teeth. If your child is old enough, he or she may rinse or swish with a salt water rinse or mouthwash.