Managing Oral Numbness

  • Watch your child closely while the operative site is numb - do not allow him/her to bite on lip, tongue, or cheek.  If you see him/her making funny faces that may indicate biting of soft tissues, remind him/her not to do that!  Semi constant reminders are sometimes needed.
  • Do not allow your child to hit or scratch the numb area as these acts can cause damage without him/her knowing it.
  • Numbness can linger for several hours after treatment (especially with a lower tooth).  The area can also be very itchy during the final stage of wearing off.  Do not allow your child to scratch.
  • Very soft, simple cool foods are required while numb.  Choose foods that don't involve a lot of chewing.  Examples include yogurt, ice cream, milk shakes, pudding, cool eggs, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, etc... Any cool fluids are fine.
  • If you suspect that your child will bite the soft tissue while numb, they can place a cool, damp washcloth in their mouth and chew on that during the numb period.  This is particularly helpful with very young children.
Don't hesitate to call the office if you have nay questions or suspect your child has bitten his/her lip, check, or tongue. 860-643-6942.