Typical Postoperative Instructions
1. Bite firmly on gauze for a full hour. Do not repeatedly take the gauze out of
the mouth, as this may dislodge the clot and cause further bleeding. Repeat
2. If you are a smoker, do not smoke for one week. generally speaking,
non-smokers have less pain that smokers and experience fewer complications.
3. Do not rinse mouth out for 24 hours.
To rinse prematurely will cause
unnecessary bleeding. After 24 hours, you may rinse with a solution of 1/4
tsp. of salt in an 8 oz. glass of warm water.
4. Do not use sharp objects to
dislodge food particles from surgery sites.
Do not use any commercial mouthwashes until completely healed.
6. Refrain from physical exertion as directed.
7. Eat a soft, bland diet. coarse, spicy. acidic foods are to be avoided. Foods
like scrambled eggs, oatmeal, yogurt, baked fish, milk shakes, ice cream,
liquid nutritional supplements are fine.
8. Apply ice as recommended.
9. Continue to brush your teeth with toothpaste. A child sized toothbrush may
work very well for the next couple of weeks.
10. Take the first dose of pain medication before the local anesthesia has worn
You must not consume alcoholic beverages during post-op recovery and/or
while taking pain medications.
11. Expect as normal: swelling, bruising, discomfort.
12. Sutures will fall out or dissolve in 3-5 days.
Post Anesthesia/ Sedation Instructions
After anesthesia/sedation, judgment and coordination are impaired for 24
The patient must not drive a car, operate machinery or devices or make
Assistance should be given to the patient while escorting him/her home and
at home. The patient should not be left alone the day of the surgery.
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