Dr. Iben and Dr. Geneser make every effort to administer local anesthetics in a slow, gentle, and comfortable manner, thus eliminating any pain that may accompany dental treatment. Sometimes, additional medication like nitrous oxide (or laughing gas) may be used as well.
The duration of numbness after treatment varies from patient to patient and depends on what drug was used. Generally, the numbness wears off after two to three hours. Parents must be careful to watch their child for chewing or biting of inner cheeks or tongue that can cause them to be injured.
Depending on the procedure completed, the doctor may recommend that a pain medication (like ibuprofen or acetaminophen) be administered to your child before leaving this office. This will allow the over-the-counter pain medication to “turn on” before the numbness wears away. It will help keep your child comfortable for the rest of the day and evening.
Let the dental staff know if you have any other questions regarding pain control for your child.