After oral surgery, many patients experience a period of pain and discomfort as their body heals and adjusts to changes made. As a parent, it can be even more difficult to see your child going through this experience, so Dr. Jiries Mogannam and Dr. Vicente Chavez have compiled this information to help you keep your child comfortable as they recover. If you have any further questions about effective pain relief in Petaluma, California, please call Petaluma Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center at 707-769-1414 today!

Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen Can Effectively Manage Pain


Ibuprofen, as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), can help to reduce swelling and relieve pain and discomfort. Acetaminophen also helps relieve pain and discomfort.


  • If your child is older than 12 and is healthy, we recommend starting with 400mg of ibuprofen and 500mg of acetaminophen (both bought over the counter) taken together every four hours in the first 24 hours after surgery.
  • To help your child be the most comfortable, have them take their first dose of medication before their anesthesia wears off completely.
  • If you are worried about stomach irritation, have your child take the medication with a half-cup of water or juice, which will help settle the stomach as well as aid in absorption.
  • After the first 24 hours, have your child take this medication as needed every four to six hours.
    The maximum daily dose of ibuprofen for people over 12 is 3,200mg and the FDA-recommended maximum daily dose for acetaminophen is 3,000mg.

Side Effects:

If your child experiences nausea, rashes, shortness of breath or itching, please contact our office.

If this combination is not effective in managing your discomfort, please take prescribed pain relievers as directed by our dentists. The medications are generally stronger and may have more pronounced side effects, such as drowsiness or slowed reflexes, so be sure not to drive or operate heavy machinery while under their effects. If your pain continues despite this, please contact our office.

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