Dental Topics and Helpful Links
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A good source for information would be the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: www.aapd.org.
Effects of anesthetic: The “sleepy juice” is meant to make your child’s teeth, gums, lips, tongue feel “sleepy”. Most children are unfamiliar with the sensation and tend to chew, scratch and play with the affected side. Please monitor your child during this time and remind them to NOT explore the area to prevent injury. It is recommended that your child not eat for 2 hours after his/her appointment. Please call our office with any questions or concerns regarding the anesthetic.
Extractions: If your child had a tooth “wiggled”, remember not to let them rinse for the rest of the day. Avoid spitting excessively and also do not drink through a straw. Some “red juice” is normal and expected. However, if you feel it’s unusual, place folded piece of cotton gauze over the affected site and have your child bite firmly for 15 minutes. Children’s Tylenol or Advil can we used for discomfort if necessary. Please follow directions on the bottle. Do not hesitate to call our office with any questions or concerns regarding your child’s treatment.
Restorations: If your child had a princess or spiderman filling, continue routine care of such restorations with brushing and flossing. Wait ‘till the “sleepy” feeling wears out before your child can resume his/her normal diet.
For any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact the office at (636) 527-2779.