Children’s Postoperative Dental Care Information and Instructions

At Champagne Pediatric Dentistry, we care for your child throughout the entire process. This means caring for your child prior to a dental procedure, ensuring comfort during the process, and offering post operative care. We do everything in our power to ensure that you can focus on what matters most – taking care of your family.

Local Anesthetic

The mouth will be numb for approximately two to four hours. Watch your child closely to see that your child does not bite, scratch or injure the numb areas (cheeks, lips, or tongue.) Some children become very upset (even crying) and complain of pain when they realize that their mouth feels “different.” Young children may interpret the unfamiliar numb feeling as pain. Please do not be alarmed! Reassure your child that the “funny” feeling will be away soon. Maintain a soft diet until the anesthetic wears off.

Laughing Gas

The combination of inhaled nitrous oxide and oxygen is a safe and effective means of managing pain and anxiety in pediatric dentistry. 100% oxygen is used after the procedure to completely flush out the nitrous oxide so that children can most often resume normal activity.

Dental Fillings and Sealants

After the placement of a filling or even a sealant, teeth may often be sensitive to hot and cold temperature and pressure for a brief period of time.

Post-Operative Instructions for a Composite Filling

Here is what to expect after getting a composite filling, as well as how to care for and protect it from damage.


Pediatric Dental Crowns

After the placement of a crown or cap, the gum tissue surrounding the tooth may bleed and look bruised and swollen. This is normal! Sometimes the gums will even appear to look purple or grey around the cap. These will all subside over time and are usually of no concern.

Pulpotomy or Indirect Pulp Cap

Nerve treatment (sometimes referred to a “baby root canal”) is often recommended for teeth with large cavities. Treat any discomfort with Tylenol or Motrin.

Space Maintainer

Avoid any sticky foods that may pull out the spacer. Make sure that your child does not place fingers in their mouth the day of the procedure because this may loosen its bond to the teeth.


Your child will be sent home with gauze pressure packs to control normal bleeding from the extraction site. Because most pediatric dental extractions are routine and simple, it is very unlikely that your child will need anything more than Tylenol or Motrin. Avoid straws, carbonated beverages, and hard foods for a couple of days after the procedure.

Swelling, Pain and Bleeding

Mild swelling, bleeding and discomfort are normal occurrences following some dental procedures. Remember that a little blood mixed with saliva looks like a lot of blood. Don’t be alarmed! However, please call our offices with any concerns.

Diet and other Limitations

After dental treatment, your child’s diet should initially consist of soft foods. Avoid crunchy or sticky foods. Special instructions will be given in the office for children undergoing general anesthesia.


Follow these care instructions after braces have been placed on your child’s teeth.


We’ve been serving Northern Nevada for 40+ years. During that time, families just like yours have learned the value of having seasoned and experienced pediatric dental care teams by their side at at our Sparks and South Meadows locations for their child’s comprehensive dental care.

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