In rendering dental services for children, we always attempt to make the procedures painless, safe and as quick as possible. There are parts of certain treatments that may be temporarily uncomfortable, however the response for each individual may depend on the child's sensitivity, threshold of pain, and other inherent or past experience factors. We have use a local anesthetic today. The type and amount given depends on the child and the procedure performed. We do not display the syringe to the child, or use such works as needle, shot, or hurt. Most children do not realize that they are having an injection and thus do not mind it.
One child may stay numb for three to four hours, another for 15 minutes following the same injections of local anesthesia. On the average, the anesthetic will wear off in one to two hours after leaving the office.
When you leave the office, we depend on you to keep your child from chewing on his lip, cheek, or tongue, or picking and causing a sore with fingernails or other implements. Chewing on the inside of the cheek or lip is the most common and least noticeable side affect. Your child has been warned and instructed to be careful. However, children often become preoccupied and have to be watched constantly, especially if it is a new experience or if they are very young. We have taken every precaution while your child is in our office. When your child leaves the office, it becomes your responsibility.
If your child severely chews his cheek or corner of his lip, considerable swelling will occur due to the rupture of the tiny vessels and fluids seeping into the tissues accompanied by a rise in temperature and considerable soreness. The laceration to the tissue is rarely as severe as it appears. Also, a white film will appear as healing occurs. Intermittent moist cold packs applied immediately after will restrict swelling and Children's Tylenol, Motrin, of Advil is usually sufficient to control the temperature and alleviate and discomfort.
A soft bland diet for a few days helps. Stay away from citrus, spicy foods and soda during this time. Please call our office if any symptoms become severe. The swelling, soreness and white film may persist for a few days before reducing.
We are here for you should you have any problems or questions. We would rather discuss this with you than for you to worry.