At-Home Care And
The at-home care required for your child depends on the method of sedation they’re given, as well as the specifics of their procedure. For specific instructions on how to care for their mouth after oral surgery or another procedure, consult with your dentist at Sea of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry after your child’s treatment.
As far as sedation aftercare goes, laughing gas sedation requires no special care. It wears off within 5 minutes, and your child can get back to their day-to-day routine right away as long as they have only had a minor treatment like a dental filling.
However, aftercare for oral conscious sedation or general sedation is different. Your child will be very groggy, sleepy, and confused after their treatment. We will typically keep them in our office for at least an hour after their treatment ends to ensure they recover from sedation properly.
Then, you and your child will be sent home. Your child should rest and relax for the rest of the day as their sedation wears off. Give them plenty of clear liquids so they stay hydrated, and feed them mild, easy-to-digest foods like applesauce, yogurt, and mashed potatoes. This will help prevent nausea and discomfort. Most of the effects of the sedatives will wear off within a few hours, though they can persist up to 12-24 hours after treatment in some cases.
Follow-up visits are usually not necessary after sedation. However, some oral surgeries like tooth extractions or root canal therapy may require a follow-up. Your dentist will provide you with more information and schedule your child’s follow-up after their initial treatment at Sea of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry.