Post operative care after General Anaesthesia
Now that your child’s surgery is over, we have included these guidelines to make the recovery period easier for you and more comfortable for your child.
□ Your child will probably be sleepy or acting groggy today due to receiving a sedative. Don’t be surprised if your child wants to take a nap for several hours, just make sure your child rests on his/her side or back and is closely monitored by an adult for the rest of the day. Activities should be limited to watching TV, playing quietly with toys inside and resting.
□ Your child should not return to school or daycare today, he/she needs to be under close parental supervision. If work related obligations necessitate that your child return to school, please inform the teacher/caregiver that your child is to be monitored closely.
- Liquids or very soft diet until tomorrow. Preferably cool (yogurt, soup, milkshakes, scrambled eggs); a mouthful at a time to ensure that your child will keep the food down and to avoid damaging newly placed fillings or crowns.
- Nausea and vomiting are not uncommon after surgery. If vomiting persists contact your doctor, dentist, or anaesthetist.
- Please monitor your child throughout the day following surgery. Most likely your child will want to rest when you return home. We recommend finding a comfortable spot in bed or on the floor with a pillow supporting the neck.
- You may give your child Children’s Ibuprofen or Tylenol every 6 hours if needed (unless they have an allergy to those medicines). This will help reduce the discomfort, and possible swelling following the treatment.
- After the placement of dental fillings, teeth may often be sensitive to hot, cold and pressure for a brief period of time. It is not uncommon for recently filled teeth to require several weeks to feel “normal” again.
- If your child received any stainless steel crowns his/her gums will be especially sore, because they fit below the gums. You may notice black numbers on the crowns. You will brush the numbers off in 2-3 days if you are brushing adequately. The crowns should appear shiny when they are clean. The crown will fall out with the baby tooth when the new permanent/adult tooth comes in. Your child must avoid hard, sticky candy (For example, Fruit Roll-ups, Starburst, Milk Duds, and Now & Laters) to prevent the crown from coming off and causing more decay.
- If your child had some teeth removed it is important to avoid spitting, or using a straw for 24 hours. If the area begins to bleed again then have your child bite down on gauze for 5-10 minutes and the pressure will stop the bleeding.
Local Anesthetic Under General Anesthesia
Local Anesthetic is sometimes needed for dental treatment in patients who are under general anesthesia. If Local Anesthetic was used make sure to monitor your child closely for several hours to make sure they do not bite, scratch or injure the cheek, lips or tongue.
We will arrange a post operative visit within the next couple of weeks to make sure that all tissues are healing properly.
- If you are concerned in any way about your child’s condition following surgery do not hesitate to call your dentist and/or physician.