Surgery Instructions for Your Next Operation in Waco, TX
If you are preparing for an operation at Waco Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, read on to find your before and after surgery instructions. Once you’re in the office, our expert team will make sure you receive the best quality care. You are responsible for ensuring you, or someone close to you cares for you before and after surgery. We ask that you comply with the before–surgery instructions exactly as they are written. If you fail to follow these instructions strictly, we will reschedule your appointment.
Surgery Instructions for Before the Operation
We ask that you adhere strictly to the following six steps if you are receiving intravenous anesthesia for surgery. It is essential for your safety and for the operation to be effective that you read the before–surgery instructions carefully. Please remember the following when preparing for your dental surgery with Waco Oral Surgery & Dental Implants:
- DO NOT EAT OR DRINK FOR 8 HOURS PRIOR TO SURGERY.
- Ask one of our qualified doctors or nurses about your daily medication use. Most medications may be taken as prescribed with as little water as possible.
- Please wear short sleeves and loose-fitting clothing. We will need access to both arms for the intravenous anesthesia. You should wear comfortable lace-up shoes. DO NOT WEAR FLIP FLOPS.
- A responsible adult must accompany you for the duration of the procedure and your recovery. During surgery, your accompanying adult can wait in the office. We ask that no more than two adults accompany each patient. They can expect the surgery and recovery to last 1-2 hours in the office. You will also need to be accompanied by a responsible adult for 12 hours following surgery.
- Do not wear contact lenses the day of surgery. You may wear your eyeglasses if necessary.
- Do not wear any jewelry. This includes watches, bracelets, earrings, tongue and lip piercing ornaments, etc.
Understanding Your Specific Aftercare
After you have successfully completed the before–surgery steps, and your procedure is complete, you will need to continue caring for yourself throughout your recovery. Aftercare differs based on the specific procedure. Find your upcoming surgery below and explore the aftercare instructions so you can feel your best even after you leave our office.
Approximately 20 minutes after leaving our office, you should remove the gauze pad from the incision. Begin to push cold fluids immediately to help stop the bleeding. Avoid vigorous mouth rinsing and other actions that may initiate bleeding. Take the prescribed pain medication and restrict your normal activity. Do not smoke under any circumstance.
Keep gauze in place with biting pressure on extraction sites for as long as the surgical site is bleeding. Do not rinse your mouth or touch the wound. Take the prescribed pain medication before you begin to feel discomfort. Restrict your activity and ice as needed. Do not smoke under any circumstance.
We ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 20 minutes after the appointment so that a blood clot can form in the site and begin the healing process. If bleeding or oozing persists after 20 minutes, dip a tea bag in ice-cold water and bite on it firmly for another 30 minutes. Push cold liquids to help the clot seal. Ice as needed for the first 24 hours. Use pain medication as directed. Do not smoke under any circumstance.
Push cold liquids to help with clot formation. If bleeding persists for more than 20 minutes after leaving our office, dip a tea bag in ice water, wring it out, and apply biting pressure for 30 minutes. Do not remove an immediate denture unless bleeding becomes severe. Expect soreness and take pain medication as directed. Do not smoke under any circumstance.
Avoid touching or disturbing the wound and expect some bleeding or redness in your saliva for the first 24 hours. Control excessive bleeding by biting on gauze for 20 minutes at a time. Minimize swelling with ice packs. Apply ice in rotations of 20 to 30 minutes on, 20 minutes off. Take medication as directed, starting when you feel the anesthesia wear off. Push cold liquids and avoid hot ones. Do not smoke under any circumstance.
Try not to place any gauze or tea bags on the site. If one of the two is necessary to stop excessive bleeding, be careful not to get it tangled on the bracket or braces. Expect minor bleeding and swelling. For the first 24 hours, apply ice in intervals of 20 to 30 minutes on, 20 minutes off. Stick to soft, cold liquids and food. Begin taking prescribed pain medication before you start to feel discomfort. Limit your activity. Do not smoke under any circumstance.
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