PRE-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS 

 

  • If you have selected to undergo general anesthesia, do not eat or drink for 6-8 hours prior to your scheduled surgery. This is to minimize the chance of nasuea and vomitting, which could lead to complications.

 

  • If you take medication for high blood pressure medication, please take it as regularly scheduled with a small sip of water.

 

  • If you have asthma, please bring your inhaler to your appointment.

 

  • If you have a complex medical history, please contact your physician prior to your appointment with us.

 

  • If you are sedated you will require an escort over the age of 18 to accompany you to your appointment and safely transport you to you home.

 

  • You are not to operate a vehicle for 24 hours following your sedation.

 

  • Please wear loose comfortable clothing to your appointment. 

 

 

 

 

 

POST OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS

 

  • Bite firmly on gauze for 3 hours

 

  • If bleeding persists, replace the gauze and bite firmly for at least one additional hour.

 

  • Gently brush your teeth. DO NOT rinse vigorously or spit for 24 hours.

 

  • Stay on a soft diet for 24 hours. We recommend you eat cold foods.  Avoid hot, hard, spicy, or small foods.

 

  • Do not use straws.  Do not chew on the side of the surgical site. 

 

  • No alcoholic beverages for 24 hours. 

 

  • For the first 48 hours after surgery, apply an ice pack to your face (20 minutes on and 20 minutes off).  On the third day and beyond, alternate warm and cold packs to reduce swelling.

 

  • After 24 hours, if there is no sign of bleeding or oozing, you may rinse your mouth with warm salt-water and cold packs to reduce swelling.  It is normal for saliva to be a light pink color. 

 

  • Sleep with 2 pillows, keeping your head elevated above your heart. 

 

  • Do not exercise or get your heart rate up for the next 2 days. 

 

  • If you had an implant or bone graft, the sutures will be removed at your post operative appointment.  If you had an extraction or biopsy, the sutures will dissolve on their own.

 

  • Take medications, as directed, until complete