Ensuring a child gets the dental treatment he needs is important, and in some cases, those appointments will require the child to miss a bit of school. However, many parents ask if they can send their children back to school the same day that treatment is done. Here’s a closer look at the answer to that important question.
Here’s What Happens With Most Dental Procedures
For most dental procedures, allowing a child to go back to school after treatment is not a problem. In fact, even if a child has been treated with nitrous gas, there should not be a problem with the child going back to school on the same day. Sometimes it’s impossible to get an appointment when a child is not in school, so parents can rest assured that children won’t need to miss more than the time for the appointment for most dental procedures.
After Sedation and Anesthesia
When a child requires oral sedation, IV sedation, or general anesthesia, then the child should not go back to school on the same day as dental treatment. In fact, a dentist will recommend that the child stay at home for the rest of the day under the supervision of a responsible adult. The child will need to take it easy, resting for the remainder of the day as well.
If general anesthesia has been used for the dental treatment, sometimes children may continue to have some effects from the anesthesia the next day. When children experience extreme tiredness or other general anesthesia effects into the next day, it may be a good idea to keep the child at home where an adult can constantly monitor him.
For children that have complex procedures, such as wisdom teeth removal, it is also recommended that the child be kept home from school the remainder of the school day.
Talk to Your Dentist
If parents are unsure whether their child can attend school after treatment, they should talk to their dentist. Dentists and staff members can instruct parents on whether their child can attend school prior to and after dental treatment.
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