You may not have anything to eat or drink for six hours prior to the procedure.
A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office and drive the patient home.
The patient should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following general anesthesia or sedation.
Please wear loose fitting clothing with sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow, and low-heeled shoes.
Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or nail polish on the day of surgery.
If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach or fever, please notify the office.
If you take routine oral medications, please check with the office prior to your surgical date for instructions.
Post - Op Instructions
REMOVE GAUZE UPON ARRIVING HOME:
Eat something soft: Mashed potatoes, eggs, pastina, pudding, etc. take the pain medication; if none was prescribed, take Advil, Tylenol or medication you take for discomfort. You may also want to start taking any other medication prescribed at this time. It is suggested, to space them apart, for they may upset your stomach if taken at the exact time. If necessary, moisten two gauze pads, wring out excess water, fold lengthwise, place over surgical area bite down applying pressure for ½ hour. This should be sufficient. If the area is still oozing moderate to heavy: Repeat gauze instruction or, you may moisten a tea bag, wrap a gauze pad around it, place over surgical area and bite down. The bleeding should subside significantly within 1 ½ - 2 hours from the time of surgery.
Food/Drinks should be served room temperature before of the numbness, you may burn your mouth and not realize it. Drink plenty of fluids such as: Gatorade and non-acidic juice. DO NOT use a straw, (this includes sports bottles) do not stuck on candy, or spit.
This causes a negative pressure in the mouth and may complicate the healing process with additional bleeding and may result a dry socket. For the first few days, eat soft foods. You may supplement your diet with nutritional shakes likes, Ensure and Carnation instant breakfast. Hard or crunchy foods will irritate the surgical area. You may return to your normal eating habits slowly, depending on what you are able to handle.
Warm salt-water rinses are to start 4-6 hours following surgery. No heavy “swishing” on the first day. Gently shake water in your mouth and let water fall into the sink, do not spit. Mouthwash should not be used the first day. Mix ½ tsp of salt in 8 oz of water. You should continue these rinses after you eat for one week.
Refrain from smoking at least 24 hours following surgery. It can increase the change of infection and complications. The longer you can refrain, the better.
ICE PACKS: DO NOT USE ICE IF AN INFECTION WAS PRESENT!
You will be advised. If you had an infection. Use moist heat compresses ½ and ½ hour off throughout the day. You may use a heating pad or moist washcloth. If NO infection was present, apply an ice pack to the out side of your face upon arriving home ½ hour on ½ hour off for the first 48 hours. Swelling increases the third / four day, this is normal. That is why it is very important to apply the ice pack the day of surgery.
If you are unable to take the prescribed pain medication due to sensitivity, work etc. you may take 2 Advil or Extra Tylenol every 4-6 hours as directed. Read instruction before taking any medication. You may also take an Advil or 2 with the prescribed pain medication, if needed.
The numbness caused by the local anesthesia administered during your surgery (sedated or not) may cause you just to feel as if you are unable to swallow but you are able to. The numbness will start to subside within a few hours and may last slightly for a few days.
Be sure to make an appointment to see the doctor in a week. If you have any question, regarding your surgery, read this paper carefully in its entirely. If you still have unanswered questions, feel free to call the office at any time. If is an emergency, the answering service will put you in contact with the doctor after regular business hours.