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Sedation  |  Post-Op


Instructions For Pediatric Sedation

In order to provide the best dental and emotional care for your child, a technique involving one or more sedative drugs will be used. Thus, we ask that you comply with the following:

Instructions After Oral Sedation

Instructions After IV Sedation


Your child’s cheeks, lips and/or tongue are numb, and will be for up to 2 hours after leaving our office. Be careful that your child does not bite or chew on his/her cheeks, lips, or tongue. Severe damage to those tissues can result from only one bite.


Your child has been instructed to bite firmly on the gauze provided to him/her for 30-45 minutes to stop the bleeding. If residual bleeding occurs, have your child bite firmly on another gauze wrap provided to you. The extraction site is expected to ooze for 24-48 hours. However, if the site continues to bleed profusely after 2 hours call Dr. Patel’s office for further instructions.


After the numbness wears off, your child can eat more solid foods. Appropriate foods would include macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, meatloaf, pancakes, scrambled eggs and pasta. Stick with cool or lukewarm foods and liquids for the first day. Avoid drinking soda and using straws for at least the first 24 hours. Dairy products should also be avoided because some patients experience nausea on the day of surgery. If pain medication is needed, make sure your child eats and drinks something beforehand. This may help reduce the nausea sometimes associated with pain medication.


Children typically experience very little pain or discomfort following extractions. If necessary, Children’s Tylenol or Children’s Motrin may be given as directed on the label. Do not use Aspirin.

Dry Sockets

If a primary tooth was extracted, we do not need to worry about dry sockets. If a permanent tooth was extracted, prevent a dry socket by:

If pain begins to diminish but elevates 3-5 days after the surgery, call Dr. Patel.


Clean the extraction site regularly by gently brushing it when brushing the rest of your child’s teeth.