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There are many things that can help your child have a relaxing, calm, and safe dental appointment, and IV sedation is one of them. This sedative usually sends the patient into a deep sleep so they don’t feel or remember a thing. Your child will be completely safe in the dental chair. After the appointment, there are things you should do to help your child properly recover.

First, keep an eye out for any concerning signs and symptoms. These could be anything like heavy bleeding, severe pain, chills, fever, or nausea. If any of these signs last longer than 24 hours, or if the nausea lasts longer than 40 minutes, it’s important to notify our dental team.

Second, address your child’s discomfort and swelling. To ease the discomfort, you can give them painkillers. If your dentist gave them prescription pain medication, please give that to your child and follow the instructions. If your dentist did not give your child pain medication, over-the-counter painkillers should do the trick. To ease the swelling, ice outside the treated area with a cold compress, like an ice pack or bag of frozen vegetables.

Third, make sure your child rests for the first 24-48 hours after treatment. While they rest, make sure they stay hydrated by drinking plenty of liquids. However, your child should avoid drinking through a straw. It’s also important that they only have a liquid-foods or soft-foods diet. This can prevent damage to the treated area.

To learn more about how to care for your child after they have had IV sedation in Frederick, Maryland, please call our dental team at Dental Arts of Frederick by dialing 301-663-5552. When you reach out to us, we will be more than happy to help you!