Pre & Post-Surgical Information
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Foods - We highly recommend a soft food diet for
1 to 2 weeks after your surgery (pasta, rice,
chicken, eggs, yogurt, fish, etc). Please avoid
seeds, crunchy or tough foods.Tea and coffee are
acceptable as long as they’re room temperature or
iced, not hot. Please avoid straws for 2 weeks.
Exercise - Please avoid exercise for at least 1
week to avoid raising your heart rate (this includes
hot yoga, cycling, swimming, weight lifting,
running…) We want to prevent excessive bleeding
and swelling. Walking is completely okay.
Premedication - Certain procedures require
antibiotics or other medication starting prior and
post surgery. Please let us know what the
pharmacy of your preference is.
Travel/Events - Please avoid scheduling your
surgery prior to an event or trip and avoid flying for
1 month if you are having a sinus bone graft.
Work - Please reduce speaking and strenuous
work during the first week after surgery. We
strongly recommend taking a few days off and we
offer work absence doctor’s notes at no extra
charge to support your request.
Sedation - Our office provides oral sedation at no
additional cost if you feel rather uneasy about
surgery. Triazolam will reduce anxiety and some
patients may fall asleep during the procedure. It
will not “knock you out”.
Pre-confirmed patients need to arrive an hour
earlier as we will provide the medication in the
room. A friend or family member must be available
to take you home after the procedure (Rideshare
apps or taxi rides are not acceptable).
Expectations - Normal events after your surgery
may include swelling, bruising, bleeding in the
saliva and discomfort. Swelling may peak around
the 3rd day after surgery. For gum grafts, the co-pak or “bandage”
may dislodge after a couple days. Please discard it
once it falls off and leave the area unbothered.
Pain control - You may take either up to 600mg
of Advil/Ibuprofen OR up to 1000mg of Tylenol
every 6 hours as needed. If you’ve been prescribed
Tylenol 3, please take it every 6 hours as needed.
Antibiotics - If you’ve been prescribed antibiotics,
take them as directed. You may experience
diarrhea. If you develop a rash please inform the
lce - Ice may be placed on the surgical area only if
directed to do so by your doctor.
Brushing - Please avoid brushing the area of
surgery. The doctor will inform you once it is safe
to return to normal oral hygiene during your post-
op appointment (2 weeks after).
Rinse - You may be given an anti-bacterial mouth
rinse. Please rinse with one capful, 2-3 times a day,
and then spit out. Avoid thorough swishing. The
doctor will tell you when to stop using the rinse.
Post op - You will be required to come back to
our office after 2 weeks from your surgery to
assess and remove sutures.