Pre op and Post op Instructions


Before General Anesthesia:

  • You may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for eight (8) hours prior to the appointment.
  • A responsible adult must accompany the patient after the procedure, and be able to drive or escort the patient home.
  • The patient should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the anesthesia experience.
  • Please wear loose fitting clothing with sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow, and low-heeled shoes.
  • Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures must be removed at the time of surgery.
  • 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 bowel upset, please notify the office.

Post Operative Instructions:

  • The gauze pad placed over the surgical area should be kept in place with steady pressure for 20-30 minutes. After this time, the gauze pad should be removed and discarded.
  • Do not rinse mouth for 24 hours. Vigorous mouth rinsing or touching the wound area following surgery should be avoided. This may initiate bleeding by causing the blood clot that has formed to become dislodged. After 24 hours rinse with warm salt water three-four times a day.
  • Take the prescribed pain medications as soon as you begin to feel discomfort. This will usually coincide with the local anesthetic becoming diminished.
  • Take medication with food. Light soft foods should be eaten following oral surgery (i.e. pasta, eggs, soups, pudding, jello, ect.)
  • Restrict your activities the day of surgery and resume normal activity when you feel comfortable.
  • Place ice packs to the sides of your face where surgery was performed, 30 minutes on and 30 minutes off will minimize swelling. Swelling is normal following oral surgery and peaks 48-72 hours after surgery.