- Please eat a good, hearty meal at least 2 hours prior to all full mouth / full arch surgeries.
- Make sure to pick up all prescriptions 1 day prior. You will follow the directions on the prescription bottles.
- Pain medications: Over the counter pain medication should suffice, if necessary for other medications we will advise.
- Oral Sedation: Halcyon will be prescribed to you if you request oral sedation. You will take either 1 pill one hour prior to dental appt and bring the 2nd pill to office OR you will take 2 tablets two hours prior to the dental appt for surgery. SOMEONE MUST DRIVE YOU AND PICK YOU UP FROM THE APPT IF TAKING ORAL SEDATION.
- If you are opting for oral sedation all consents MUST be signed at least 1 day prior to surgery and all payments are to be made prior.
- NO caffeine at least 2 hours prior to surgery
- Stock up on soft foods, you will be eating them for a couple of weeks until you are comfortable with the dentures. We suggest, protein shakes, yogurt, eggs, jell-o, etc.
- If you are taking any blood thinners, please coordinate with your physician on whether you are to stop taking medication prior to dental surgery and make us aware of any changes PRIOR to surgery.
**It is our goal to make your surgical experience as comfortable as possible. If you have any questions about any phase of your treatment, don’t hesitate to ask them on the day of your surgery or call the office before your appointment
- Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There may be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue.
Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills up rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag, or a plastic bag, or towel filled with ice on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice ten minutes on and ten minutes off, as much as
possible, for the first 24 hours.
Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless othervise directed.
You should begin taking pain medication as soon ds you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain,
1 or 2 Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every 3-4 hours. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken instead of Tylenol. Ibuprofen, bought over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets: 2-3 tablets may be taken every 3- 4 hours as needed for pain. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.
Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection, until complete.
Activity and Smoking
Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you are considering exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Keep in mind that you are probably not taking normal nourishment. This may weaken you and further limit your ability to exercise. Absolutely no smoking.
- Wearing Your Prosthesis
Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures should not be used immediately after surgery and for at least 10 days. This was discussed in the pre-operative consultation. PLEASE ASK DENTIST OR DENTAL ASSISTANT, AS THIS MAY VARY BY PATIENT.
**Any questions or emergencies during office hours please call the or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If medical emergency call 911