Having dental work done can be very stressful for children, and the anxiety may not end once the procedure is over. Some children will still feel nervous even after getting dental work done. Luckily there are a few ways for parents and caregivers to ease the stress and anxiety a child may experience after a dental procedure.
Caring for Children After a Dental Procedure
Below are a few tips on caring for your child after he or she has dental work done:
- Plan for a simple and easy day after finishing the procedure. We recommend putting on a movie and cuddling on the couch! This will help you keep an eye on your child and will comfort him or her after what may be a traumatic procedure.
- Make sure that you have enough time set aside after the procedure to spend time with and keep an eye on your child. Because the mouth can stay numb for up to several hours after the procedure, it’s possible for kids to accidentally bite their lips or tongues and not even be aware of it.
- Lastly, have soft foods on hand that won’t require a lot of chewing. Before letting your child eat, make sure that the numbness has worn off. Then try applesauce, Jello, soup, or pudding before moving on to solid food.
Here at Little Rockies Pediatric Dentistry, we want your child to have a calm, stress-free visit to our office. For more information on how to care for your child after he or she has a dental procedure, or to schedule an appointment, please contact our Parker, Colorado pediatric dental office today.