Dental Surgery Aftercare

You can expect your child to have these symptoms after dental treatment under general anesthesia:

  • Slight bleeding from the mouth if teeth have been removed
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain in the mouth, jaw or neck
  • A slight rise in temperature for 24 hours
  • Drowsiness for several hours after returning home
  • Mild swelling of lips, cheeks and jaws
  • Temporary effects on sleep, eating and play activities
  • Your child should rest and do only quiet activities for 24 hours after surgery.
  • Watch your child closely for the rest of the day. The medicine your child received may make him / her unsteady.
  • Do not let your child drink with a straw for 48 hours if he / she had teeth removed.
  • Your child may brush his / her teeth the same day of surgery.
  • Begin your child's diet with clear liquids such as apple juice, soft drinks, water, Kool-Aid, gelatin or Gatorade. You may increase the diet slowly to include milk and soft foods. Keep on a soft diet for 24 hours if a tooth was removed.
  • If your child is doing well with this diet, you may begin adding regular food. Advance to a regular diet as tolerated.
  • Make sure your child drinks plenty of fluids.
  • You may give acetaminophen (Tylenol, Children’s Motrin) every four to six hours for pain or fever. Your doctor may suggest other medications for your child.
  • Avoid giving your child aspirin and Pepto-Bismol products.
  • If your child vomits for more than four hours
  • If your child's temperature remains above 101°F (38.3°C) for over 24 hours
  • If your child has trouble breathing
  • If you are unable to control your child's pain with acetaminophen (Tylenol) or any other prescribed medication
  • If bleeding continues
  • If you have any other questions or concerns

Your child’s dentist will tell you when to return for a follow-up visit.  Make sure you schedule the visit with the dental office.

Last Updated 03/2012