When unable to have a pre-surgical consultation, please follow these instructions if you are going to be sedated for surgery to make your visit to our office as comfortable and easy for you as possible.
Failure to comply with any of these instructions could result in a delay of your surgery and a cancellation fee may apply.
Following intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, it takes a considerable period of time for the full effects of the drugs to subside.
Minor oozing is to be expected for the first 48 hours following surgery. If bleeding is more than slight, place a fresh damp gauze roll or tea bag directly over the bleeding site, bite firmly for 30-40 minutes and lie quietly with your head elevated. If bleeding is not decreasing after three successive attempts, please call our office.
Beginning tomorrow, rinse your mouth every 4-6 hours with warm, slightly salted water (1/2 teaspoon to a tall glass of water) for one week. If you were given an irrigating syringe, start to use it gently 2-6 days after your surgery. If you were given a prescription mouth rinse, continue to use it until finished. Begin brushing your teeth gently the day following surgery, as per the regular regimen recommended by your dentist/hygienist. You may lubricate your lips with ointment if desired.
Swelling, bruising and discomfort are expected following surgery and is completely normal. The swelling will increase for 2-3 days, then gradually subside over the following 7-10 days. Most discomfort is generally resolved in about 5 days. Upon reaching home, place an icepack on the face for the first 24 hours. Apply on and off for periods of up to 10 to 20 minutes each hour. Swelling, bruising and discomfort may be greater on one side.
Nausea may occur following administration of an anesthetic, or as a result of the use of some medications. Should this occur, Gravol may be purchased without a prescription. Follow the instructions on the package. Flat cola, 7-UP and ginger ale also help with nausea.
This is a normal protective mechanism caused by the accumulation of fluid in the jaw muscles to help healing. It will usually subside within 10-14 days.
Smoking and alcohol delay healing and may lead to complications. Do not drink alcohol for at least 48 hours following surgery, and do not smoke for at least 7 days following surgery.
Take your prescribed medications as directed on the bottle. Discomfort following surgery is to be expected. Your pain medication should keep you relatively comfortable and is best taken with fluid or food in your stomach. Pain medications may cause some dizziness, therefore, do not drive. Antibiotics should be taken until the full prescription has been completed. If a rash develops, stop taking the medication and call our office. Patients taking oral contraceptives should be aware that certain antibiotics can decrease the effectiveness of oral contraceptives and consequently, alternate means of birth control should be practiced for the remainder of the cycle.
The sutures usually placed are the dissolving type and will dissolve in 7-14 days. Do not try to remove them yourself. If another type of suture material is indicated, you will be scheduled for a subsequent appointment for their removal. Again, do not try and remove them yourself.
Because your jaw may be stiff, your throat sore, and your mouth tissues tender, it may be difficult to eat following oral surgery. You may experience this for 1-2 weeks. As a result, you may wish to take a multivitamin supplement. You will be able to drink and may be able to eat soft food. Drinking should begin on the same day as your surgery. Drink soups such as chicken or beef broth, water, fruit and vegetable juices, and food supplements such as Ensure or Instant Breakfast. Drink as much as you are able. Small amounts should be taken frequently. Straws should not be used for the first few days, as the "suction" that they create in your mouth can stimulate bleeding. More solid foods can be introduced to your diet as soon as they can be comfortably managed. Avoid eating/drinking very hot and very cold foods/liquids, as extremes of temperature, will be uncomfortable on your healing tissues.
Following intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, it takes a considerable period of time for the full effects of the drug to subside.
Should you have any problems or questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office. After office hours, please call Dental Emergency at 563-2470 should you have any concerns.