Prior to your surgical appointment
- Please inform us if there is any CHANGE IN YOUR MEDICAL HISTORY
(uncontrolled high blood pressure, allergies, artificial heart valve or joint, bleeding disorder, changes in prescription medications, etc.).
- Prepare some soft ice packs to use after your surgery to minimize swelling.
- On the evening before your surgery, go to bed early enough so that you will be well-rested on the day of your surgery. Brush your teeth thoroughly shortly before your appointment, and stop by the restroom immediately before your appointment.
On the Day of the Procedure
- Take any medications that you normally take, UNLESS previously instructed by your doctor to do otherwise.
- You will be able to drive yourself to and from the appointment UNLESS you have been prescribed a sedative medication to help you relax. If you have been prescribed a sedative, then you will need someone to drive you.
- Make arrangements so that immediately after your surgery you can go home and rest. You should not go back to work until the next day. For at least 48 hours after surgery, avoid strenuous exercise.
- You will need to eat only soft, nutritious food for the first few days after your surgery. This includes things such as soup, yogurt, fish, eggs, cooked cereal and pureed food. Higher doses of Vitamin C and multivitamin supplements enhance the healing process and decrease the possibility of infection.
- Dress comfortably, avoid alcohol and too much caffeine, and eat prior to your visit.
- Bring any removable retainers, mouth guards, or dentures.
- If you would like, bring your iPod or CD player to enjoy your music during treatment.
Usually, we will see you one to two weeks after surgery to monitor healing. If you have any questions, please call anytime. It is our goal to provide you with the best periodontal care possible. If there is anything that we can do to improve any aspect of your periodontal treatment, please let us know.