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Pre- and Post-Operative Instructions
- Pre-op instructions for IV anesthesia — To ensure the safety of your procedure, do not consume any food or drink at least six hours prior to your appointment.
- Stay hydrated the day prior to your procedure as it helps us start the IV more easily.
- NO alcohol should be consumed 24–48 hours prior to your surgery.
- If you are taking any medication, please discuss inform our team. Most medications will not interfere with the IV sedation, with a small sip of water; however, some will need to be altered or skipped.
- Contact lens wearers should refrain from wearing contacts the day of their procedure.
- Please wear loose comfortable clothes and refrain from wearing jewelry, nail polish, or perfume/cologne.
- If you become sick with a cold, flu, sore throat or some other type of infection, please inform our office 24 hours before your appointment.
- You will not be able to drive after waking from IV sedation. Please arrange for a responsible adult to bring you home afterward.
- You may not operate any vehicle after your procedure.
- DO NOT consume alcohol 24 hours after your procedure.
- DO NOT smoke for at least 48 hours after surgery. Smoking disturbs the healing process.
- Expect some soreness in the IV site location. This is normal and will dissipate.
- Bleeding is common after surgery. Place two pieces of damp, folded gauze over the extraction site and bite down gently for 30-60 minutes making sure pressure is applied. Rest quietly with your head elevated. Pink or red saliva may be seen for two to three days following your procedure and is not cause for alarm.
- Swelling is your body’s natural reaction to surgery and infers the healing process has begun. It may take two to three days for the swelling to reach its peak; however, it should decrease and only persist for seven to 10 days.
- Ice packs may be used to minimize swelling by placing them to the exterior of the face for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. After 48 hours, switch to a warm, moist compress in lieu of an ice pack.
- Pain – We do our best to minimize any sort of pain, but unfortunately, most surgery is accompanied by some degree of discomfort. If you are not allergic, taking an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) like ibuprofen, can help curb some of the discomfort. Do not exceed the recommended dosage or drive while on prescribed pain medicine.
- Activity – For the first 48 hours, activity should be limited. We recommend relaxing and not overexerting yourself post-extraction.
- Cleaning – In order to prevent infection, make sure to clean your teeth after each meal post-extraction, using a soft-bristled tooth brush. If bleeding occurs after cleaning, repeat the use of gauze as described.