Local anesthetic, or “numbing” was likely used during your child’s dental treatment. This typically lasts for approximately 2-4 hours. Be sure to watch your child closely to make sure they don’t bite, scratch, or chew on their cheek, lip, or tongue. Some children don’t like the feeling of being numb, and may complain of pain when their mouth feels “different.” Please don’t be alarmed; this funny feeling will go away within a few hours.
“Laughing gas” may have been used during your child’s dental treatment. Nitrous oxide has a proven track record of being very safe, providing exceptional relief of anxiety. In rare cases, your child may feel slightly nauseated during the appointment. The effects of nitrous oxide disappear within about 5 minutes of breathing regular room air.
After the placement of a restoration (either tooth-colored or silver), teeth can be sensitive to hot and cold. It is not uncommon for this to last a few days for baby teeth, or even a few weeks for permanent teeth with large fillings. A soft diet of lukewarm food is recommended for the first 24 hours after having fillings.
When your child receives a nerve treatment for their tooth, it is not usually necessary to prescribe any pain medication. If your child does experience any discomfort it can usually be managed with over-the-counter medications like Children’s Tylenol or Motrin.