EATING AND DRINKING
It is normal to experience some nausea or even vomiting after general anesthesia. After surgery, the first drink should be water. If you are doing well with just water you may switch to clear liquids such as juice or Gatorade. Solid foods should start out light with something like Jell-O. After treatment it is common not to have much of an appetite but it is also important to keep the patient hydrated. Encourage the patient to drink fluids.
It is common for your temperature to elevate slightly after GA treatment. Advil/Ibuprofen is given to every patient during surgery. This helps with temperature elevation and to control any pain. If child complains of pain, please give them Tylenol.
Surgical materials are used during surgery to protect the airway. It is common to have a sore throat, hoarseness, or a croup sounding voice after surgery. If a croup sounding voice does occur, have the child take a hot, steamy bath.
It is common to have some slight bleeding from the nose. A nasal tube is used during surgery and it often irritates the nasal cavity. This should be treated the same as any bloody nose. Nasal spray is a great way to control a bloody nose.
CALL YOUR DENTAL OFFICE IF:
•Nausea or vomiting persists beyond 24 hours
•A temperature remains elevated beyond 24 hours
•Difficulty in breathing
•Bleeding from the mouth persists after 6 hours.
•Any other matters that may concern you.