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