Surgical Instructions

Pre Operative Instructions for Patients Undergoing Intravenous Anesthesia

  1. The night before surgery, eat a light, easily digestible meal, consume no alcoholic beverage and retire early.
  2. You may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for 6 hours prior to your appointment.
  3. A responsible adult must accompany you to the office, remain in the office during the procedure and be able to drive you home. Under no circumstance should you plan to drive an automobile the day of surgery.
  4. Your mouth and teeth should be well cleansed immediately before your appointment.
  5. Please wear loose fitting clothing with sleeves that can be rolled up past the elbow and low-heeled shoes. If you have a cough or cold, please call the office.
  6. Please remove all tongue, facial and ear piercings prior to arrival.
  7. The removal of impacted wisdom teeth and surgical extraction of teeth is quite different from the extraction of erupted teeth. After oral surgery you may experience any of the following.

Post Operative Information

  1. The surgical area may swell.
  2. Swelling peaks on the 2nd or 3rd day of post operative day.
  3. Trismus (stiffness) of the muscles may cause difficulty in opening your mouth for a period of days.
  4. Your other teeth may ache temporarily. This is referred pain and is a temporary condition.
  5. The corners of the mouth may become dry and cracked. Your lips should be kept moist with cream or ointment.
  6. There may be a slight elevation of temperature for 24 to 48 hours. If your temperature rises above 100 degrees please notify us.
  7. It is not unusual to develop bruising in the surgical area.