Instructions Following GA for Children
YOUR CHILD IS LEGALLY IMPAIRED FOR 24 HOURS FOLLOWING GENERAL ANESTHETIC. DO NOT LEAVE THE CHILD UNATTENDED OR ALLOW THEM TO PLAY ALONE.
If your child has had extractions, some bleeding from the site is normal and will usually stop within a few hours. If stainless steel crowns were inserted, some bleeding from the gums is normal for up to a week.
Your child may have pain and discomfort ranging in severity from none to moderate. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and/or Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be used for discomfort.
Freezing is only used for children where teeth have been extracted and should last no longer than one hour. This time should allow for the pain killers your child received during surgery to take effect.
3. Oral Hygiene
Brush and floss your child's teeth normally after the first day. If teeth have been removed, avoid these sites for 3 days.
4. Diet / Activity
Rest and nutrition are important components of healing. Begin offering your child cool, clear fluids as soon as possible. Your child should only have CLEAR FLUIDS FOR THE FIRST 2 HOURS, i.e. apple juice, water, Gatorade, etc. If tolerated, then progress to a soft diet, i.e. eggs, yogurt, soup, well cooked pasta, smoothies, etc. Continue to encourage fluids for the rest of the day. Your child may feel tired, achy and irritable after anesthetic. They should avoid strenuous activity. A quiet period of rest will allow their body time to heal.
If your child had stainless steel crowns fitted you should AVOID STICKY CANDY like toffee, suckers, bubble gum, etc. as these may pull crowns off the teeth. These crowns are cemented in place. The gums around them may be tender for a day or two. The child may mention that his or her “bite” feels funny at first but this will correct itself. Brush these crowns just like the other teeth. They will fall out with the baby tooth at the normal time.
6. Please notify our office of any unexpected admission of your child to hospital within ten days of his/her dental surgery.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the office at:
780-413-0824, toll free 1-888-322-2161
IF YOU UNABLE TO CONTACT THE DENTIST AND YOUR CHILD IS EXPERIENCING SEVERE BLEEDING OR BREATHING PROBLEMS CALL 911 OR PROCEED TO THE NEAREST HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM.