Post-Treatment Instructions

Thank you for allowing us to treat your child today. If your child had a dental procedure done today that required numbing his/her mouth, we ask that you follow these instructions:

  1. Please monitor your child until his/her mouth is no longer numb. The numbness should wear off in about 2 hours, but this can vary for each child. Because the numbed area has no feeling, some children will bite on their lips and cheeks, which can cause the area to become sore and swollen. It can also cause trauma to the area and possibly an infection.
  2. If your child does bite the numbed area of his/her mouth, it will likely bleed and become swollen. As it heals, the area may have a whitish appearance, which is normal. However, if the area becomes excessively swollen, it could be a sign of infection. It usually takes about 10-14 days for the affected area to heal. During that time, we recommend a soft diet and avoiding salty, spicy or acidic foods (such as orange juice) until the area has healed. You may give your child Children’s Tylenol if needed.
  3. We also recommend a soft diet and avoiding hard, sticky and sharp foods (chips) on the day of your child’s dental procedure.

Please do not hesitate to call our office if you have any questions.