Pre-Op and Post-Op Surgical Information

Every patient will be given pre-operative and post-operative surgical instructions specific to the procedure they will be undergoing, but following are some general guidelines should you be interested in advance of your consultation.

General Guidelines Regarding Pre-Operative Dental Surgery in Irvine, CA

It’s important that you relay to our office all medications that you are currently taking, including those classified as over-the-counter. For example, if you regularly take aspirin, we may recommend that you stop your use prior to your scheduled procedure since the continuation of the medication may impact the ability for the dental team to control your bleeding and also impair your ability to heal. This holds true for other medications, such as Coumadin, that are classified as blood thinners.

Some patients who experience dental anxiety in Irvine, CA request a prescription for a sedative such as Ativan, Valium, or Triazolam prior to their procedure. If you request a prescription from our office, remember that you will need to arrange a ride home from your procedure in advance of your appointment.

Please let our office know of any allergies that you may have such as sensitivities to certain antibiotics. That way, we’ll know in advance of your procedure what to have ready to call into your pharmacy.

And finally, when planning for your surgical procedure, it’s a good idea to have post-opt foods in the house so you don’t have to worry about a menu afterwards. Some ideas include soft foods such as soups, casseroles, oatmeal, and meal replacement shakes.

General Guidelines Regarding Post-Operative Dental Surgery in Irvine, CA

Although every surgical procedure will involve a different set of post-operative instructions and a different recovery period, following are a few of the most common tips to plan for.

  • Pain: There are many options available for pain control. As such, it’s imperative that you let our office staff know what your preferences are ahead of leaving our office. Some patients are able to manage pain levels with the use of over-the-counter medications, while others may need a prescription for one or two days.
  • Swelling: This is a typical response from your body, and one that can easily be managed at home with an ice pack. Before you leave our office, we will inform you of the type of swelling that you can anticipate based on the procedure performed.
  • Bleeding: As with swelling, a small amount of bleeding is also common in certain post-operative scenarios. However, if you feel that your bleeding is more than you were advised to expect, please contact our office immediately.

Other Questions?

Our office is available during our normal business hours to answer any questions you may have concerning pre-operative preparation and post-operative management.

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