We understand that after your children have undergone oral surgery in Santa Rosa, California, you may need some help in managing any discomfort that they may be experiencing. That is why Dr. Jiries Mogannam, Dr. Vicente Chavez and Dr. Christopher Chow have provided these instructions to help parents with effective pain relief. Please read below to learn more, or if you have any questions for our oral surgeons, call Sonoma County Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center at 707-566-7300.

A combination of ibuprofen and acetaminophen can be used to effectively and simply manage pain.


Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) which can both help to relieve discomfort and reduce swelling. Acetaminophen is useful for discomfort relief.


If your child is healthy and over the age of 12, then we recommend that you start with 400mg of over-the-counter ibuprofen and 500mg of over-the-counter acetaminophen, taken at the same time every four hours during the initial 24 hours.

We highly recommend that your child take the first dose of medication before the anesthesia wears off.

You can reduce any stomach irritation that your child may experience by making sure that they take the medication with at least one half of a cup of water or juice. This will also aid in absorption.

Once the first 24 hours have passed, your child may take this combination every four to six hours as they need.
The maximum amount of ibuprofen that can be taken in a day is 3,200mg and the FDA-recommended maximum for acetaminophen is 3,000mg.

Side Effects:

Your child may experience nausea, rash, shortness of breath or itching.
Please contact our office if your child is experiencing any of these side effects.

Please take any pain relievers that you were prescribed as directed if this combination is not effective in managing your discomfort. Your prescribed medication may cause drowsiness and will slow down your reflexes, so please do not operate heavy machinery or drive a vehicle while taking them. If your pain does persist despite these efforts, contact your office.

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