If your child had a dental appointment that involved the use of IV sedation, then your child felt calm, comfortable, and relaxed in the dental chair. They were also completely safe during their treatment. To help you care for your child after their appointment, Dr. Connaughton and our dental team encourage you to do the following things:
-Be cautious of any red flags. This means you need to keep an eye out for any dangerous symptoms. These symptoms could be heavy bleeding, fever, severe pain, or chills. If one or more of these symptoms last longer than 24 hours, it’s important to notify your dentist. It’s also important to note any vomiting. It’s OK if your child vomits on the way home or when they arrive home, but the nausea should subside about 40 minutes after treatment. If it doesn’t, you should also contact our office at this time.
-Ease your child’s pain and swelling by giving them their prescribed pain medication and by icing outside the treated area. If your child didn’t receive any prescription pain meds, you can give them over-the-counter painkillers to dull the discomfort.
-Make sure your child rests for 24-48 hours following their treatment. They also need to have a soft-foods diet and stay hydrated. This means they need to eat things like yogurt, soup, and mashed potatoes until they get feeling better as well as drink a lot of fluids. If they got a tooth pulled, your child should not drink the fluids through a straw.
Call Tree City Family Dental and talk to a member of our dental team if you have any questions about how to care for your child after they have had IV sedation. All you need to do is dial 208-286-2699 and we will be more than happy to assist you!