Part of our ongoing commitment to your child’s health and safety includes ensuring their wellbeing after oral surgery. While we want your little one’s recovery to be as painless as possible, we also understand that the use of narcotics and opioids, especially in children, should be used with caution.
If your child undergoes a surgical procedure, we may prescribe EXPAREL®, a non-opioid medication that helps control pain after surgery. While oral pain relievers are systemic and affect the whole body, EXPAREL is a local pain reliever, so it numbs the pain in the area on the body where the surgery is performed. Injected into the surgical area during your child’s procedure, EXPAREL slowly releases a medication (local anesthetic) called bupivacaine. This slow release allows for long-lasting pain relief after surgery with just a single dose.
Side effects can occur with any medication, so be sure to speak with your child’s oral surgeon before the procedure.
We want your child to have the best possible experience in our office, especially when oral surgery is necessary. Having a pain management plan in place before surgery is the best way to ensure a recovery that is comfortable and effective, and most importantly, safe.