Day Of Surgery Instructions

For more information on what to expect on your first visit, please see the Your First Visit page. Please see the Post-Surgery Instructions page for information on the days after surgery.

  • Bleeding: If given gauze, change it as directed every 20-30 minutes until active bleeding has subsided (usually 2-3 hours).
    • Make sure to apply good pressure to the gauze.
    • You may remove gauze to begin drinking, but return fresh gauze to surgery site(s) if bleeding is still present.
    • It is normal to experience light bleeding for up to 24 hours. If there is severe bleeding follow instructions at the bottom of the form under “Excessive Bleeding”
  • Do not brush your teeth, rinse your mouth or spit.
  • Do not drink through a straw.
  • Swelling: Ice packs may be used to reduce swelling. Rotate ice pack on & off or side to side every 30 minutes for 24 hours.
  • If sedated, once home, begin to drink. Start first with clear liquids, and then gradually advance to soup, and soft foods.
  • Driving: If sedated do not drive for 24 hours following surgery.
  • Smoking/Alcohol: Avoid alcohol or smoking today and for a week following surgery.
  • Numbness: You will probably remain numb for several hours after surgery, so it is recommended that you begin to drink fluids, and take pain medication (Over the Counter or Prescribed) before the anesthetic wears off (or when you begin to feel a tingling sensation).
  • Medications: You have been given the following medications:
    • Pain medicine: should be taken as needed. You may take ibuprofen (400-600mg every 6 hours) in addition to or instead of your prescription pain medication. While taking prescription medication, do not drive or operate heavy machinery. Be sure to eat something prior to taking pain medicine to reduce nausea.
    • Antibiotic: should be taken as directed until gone. Be aware that some antibiotics can reduce the contraceptive effect of birth control pills. Please contact your gynecologist or pharmacist if you have concerns.
    • Nausea medicine: should be taken as needed. You may take the nausea medication in conjunction with the pain medication to help with discomfort. While taking this medication, do not drive or operate heavy machinery.
    • Mouth rinse: use as directed on the bottle.

*No prescriptions will be called in after hours. If you anticipate the need for a refill on your medication or a new prescription, please contact our office during regular business hours. Please have your pharmacy phone number available before you call.

  • If you wear an immediate denture, partial or flipper leave it in your mouth until return visit or visit with dentist.
  • After hours: There is a doctor on call 24 hours a day. If a situation develops after our office hours that is a medical emergency, you may call our office, follow the prompts, and a doctor will be paged. It is only necessary to leave name and phone number on the message. Please be aware that the doctor will return your call as soon as possible. Most calls are returned within 30 minutes, but if the doctor is in the emergency room or in surgery, the response may be delayed.

Please see our Post-Surgical Instructions page for more information on the days after surgery.