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Before Having Surgery
•Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water the day before your surgery
•Do not eat or drink anything, including water, for eight (8) hours before surgery
•In general, you should take any medications you ordinarily take unless we have specifically told you not to take them. You may sip enough water to comfortably take these medications.
•Do not take Viagra, Cialis, or Levitra 48 hours prior to your appointment.
•If you are a diabetic, do not take your morning diabetes medication since you will not be eating breakfast. It is better to have slightly high blood sugar for surgery.
•Bring a responsible adult with you to wait in our office while you are in surgery and to drive you home. Your surgery will be rescheduled if your ride is not here when you check in. Your driver should be strong enough to assist you in and out of the car and walking into your home.
•Brush your teeth prior to your appointment.
•Wear a short sleeve shirt and long pants to your surgery. You may bring a blanket due to the operating room being cold.
•Do not wear flip-flops or any shoes that may fall off your feet; tennis shoes are ideal.
•Do not wear make-up, jewelry, contact lens or have anything in your pockets. We cannot stop surgery to look for a lost personal object.
•If you are having immediate dentures, call you dentist and confirm that your dentures are at the Oral Surgery Center or pick them up yourself and bring to your surgery.
•The patient should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following surgery with anesthesia.
•The patient should not be responsible for small children for 24 hours following surgery with anesthesia.


If you are breast feeding
•Nursing mothers should pump breast milk or have formula available for at least 2 days after surgery.


After Surgery Care
•Soft cool to cold foods the first 24 hours.
•The use of an ice pack the first 24-36 hours and longer will help with discomfort and keep swelling down. If surgery is done on both sides, use the ice pack rotating 20-30 minutes on each side.
•Please have something in your stomach before taking any medication. Call our office if you should experience any reaction to your medication.
•Do not use a straw the first day of surgery or smoke until all bleeding stops.
•Avoid peroxide mouth rinses and dark colas for 3-4 days. You may use mouth rinses, but dilute half and half with water.
•Gauze: Change your gauze as needed. Use the gauze until all of your bleeding stops. Place folded gauze in the tooth extraction area. The pressure of biting down on the gauze will stop any bleeding. To make the gauze more comfortable, moisten with cold tap water before use.
•Stay out of the heat and avoid heavy lifting.
•Use warm salt water mouth rinses at least three times a day beginning two days after surgery. Continue until your post op visit.
•Begin soft, nutritious foods as soon as possible.
•Avoid frequent spitting. Spitting will keep the area bleeding.