Patient Instructions

Pre-Operative Instructions

If you are having IV Sedation:

  • Do not eat or drink for 8 hours prior to your appointment
  • Remove your contact lenses before your appointment
  • Remove nail polish or artificial nails on your index fingers prior to your appointment
  • You must be accompanied for your appointment by a responsible adult who can drive you home following your procedure
Please do not eat or drink for 6 hours prior to your appointment

Operatory Room

Post-Operative Instructions

Bleeding is controlled by biting on gauze pads, especially for the first hour or two after surgery.

  • Remember that pressure is the key to stopping bleeding.
  • Please bite on gauze for about one hour and then remove it. If the bleeding stops, do not put any more gauze in your mouth.
  • However, if the bleeding persists, place more gauze and apply gentle pressure for approximately 1 hour.  Keep repeating this until the bleeding stops.
  • If the bleeding is persistent, you may place a couple of tea bags wrapped in gauze. Do not sleep with gauze in your mouth.
Swelling is diminished by the application of ice packs to help the area, alternating 30 minutes on and 30 minutes off. The use of ice only has a practical effect for the first 24-36 hours after surgery, so further use of ice after that is not helpful. The swelling usually peaks on or about the 3rd day after surgery and then begins to decrease.
Continue to take any prescriptions from your medical doctor, as well as those prescribed for your surgery. If you are taking a narcotic pain prescription, do not drive a car or perform activities that require you being alert. It is also important that you do not take sedative medication along with narcotic pain medication, unless this was discussed at your visit. Do not drink alcohol while taking narcotic pain medication!

If you received any intravenous medication at the office, it is extremely important not to drive a car or engage in activities that require your alertness for at least 24 hours after your appointment. Taking prescribed narcotics after intravenous medication is safe, but you must still avoid hazardous activity. Do not use alcohol for the first 24 hour period following intravenous medications (or as long as you are taking narcotic medication)!

After your surgery, do not rinse or brush your teeth until the day following your surgery. 

Beginning the day after your surgery, you should rinse with warm salt water several times a day as well as after eating.

Use care around the surgical sites and you may utilize a WaterPik® device or the specialized syringe provided by our office to assist in rinsing your mouth. If you had an implant(s) placed, you may brush lightly around the implant and also utilize the syringe or WaterPik®.

For the first few days after surgery, your diet should consist of soft foods such as yogurt, eggs, smoothies or soup. Avoid very hot foods or drinks for two days. Do not use a straw to drink liquids. 

If you had an implant(s) placed, do not eat anything hard over the implant site for about 3 months.
Please do not smoke for 5 days after your surgery. Smoking can cause a dry socket, a painful condition that requires further treatment.