Before Oral Surgery Patient Instructions
Your safety is very important to us. Please follow these instructions carefully. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your procedure or the instructions below, please call our office ahead of your surgery date to allow ample time to address your concerns.
Minors – Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Antibiotics – You may be prescribed antibiotics at your consultation. Start taking the antibiotic one day prior to surgery, and continue the entire course of antibiotics after your procedure.
Home medications – If you take prescription medication daily, please continue your medicines as prescribed unless advised differently by your surgeon. If you are having IV sedation/general anesthesia, take your medication with a sip of water only.
Preoperative pain control To improve your comfort level after surgery, you should take ibuprofen 600mg with food the night before your procedure. If you are unable to take ibuprofen, please discuss it with your surgeon.
Brush your teeth. – Cleanliness is important to minimize the chance of infection. Bathe prior to surgery with particular attention to the head and face. Brush your teeth before your appointment.
No cell phones. – Due to HIPAA privacy law, cell phones are not allowed in treatment areas. Please leave your phone with your ride.
For patients receiving IV sedation/general anesthesia, Many surgical procedures are best performed with the assistance of intravenous (IV) medications to control pain and anxiety. Follow the instructions below if you are planning on IV sedation/general anesthesia or ‘being asleep’ for your procedure.
No food or drink. It is critical that you do not eat or drink anything for at least 6 hours before your surgery. This includes water. If you are having surgery in the morning, do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the procedure. You may take medications as directed by your surgeon with a sip of water only.
Who to bring? You must bring a responsible adult (18 or older) who can drive to and from your appointment, AND who will stay in the office for the entirety of your procedure. We cannot perform your surgery unless there is an escort physically present in the office. We also recommend that a responsible adult remains with you throughout the day as you recover from anesthesia.
What to wear? On the day of your surgery you should wear comfortable loose fitting clothes and flat shoes. A short sleeve shirt should be worn to allow our vital sign monitors to be placed. Please remove any facial piercings such as tongue, lip or nose rings. Remove any fingernail polish (it can interfere with our vital sign monitors) and wear minimal makeup.
No driving. You should plan to not drive for 24 hours after anesthesia. If you were prescribed pain medication, you should not operate an automobile or machinery.
PLEASE NOTE: If you do not bring an adult with you or have taken any food or drink within 6 hours of your surgery, we will have to postpone your appointment. This is essential for your safety.