- Start taking day before procedure per prescription instructions.
- Amoxicillin should be taken 3 times/day with meals.
- Clindamycin: Take 2 every 8 hours with food.
- Augmentin: Take 3 times/day with meals
- Zithromax (Z-pak): Take 2 the day before surgery; then 1/day
- Anaprox or Naproxen Sodium
- Start taking day before procedure.
- Take 1 every 8 hours with meals.
- Continue taking it for at least 3 days and then stop if you no longer feel you need it.
- If you need a stronger pain medication, call the doctor for a prescription.
- Vicodin (hydrocodone/acetaminophen) is a narcotic pain medication which can be taken when Anaprox is not enough. Do Not drive while taking this medication.
- Ativan or Lorazepam
- Do not take sleeping aids, anti-depressants, or alcohol with this medication.
- Take 1 tablet before going to bed the night before surgery. Take 1or 2 tablets 2 hours before your surgery.
- Someone MUST drive you to and from your surgery appointment.
- Take “Dose 1” capsule as soon after surgery as possible, then 1 capsule every 6 hours until all are taken.
FIRST 24 HOURS AFTER SURGERY
- NO smoking
- NO alcohol
- NO driving (if you took a sedative)
- NO popcorn
- NO hot foods or fluids
- NO carbonated beverages
- NO drinking through straws
- NO exercise
- NO long distance traveling for one week
- NO spitting, gargling, or vigorous swishing
- DO drink cold fluids, especially iced tea
- DO eat cool, soft foods (ice cream, yogurt, jello)
- DO take medications on schedule
- DO get plenty of rest
- Limit your talking
- No Electric toothbrush or Water Pik
- No toothpaste
- Manual Toothbrush is OK in non-surgery areas.
- Starting the day after surgery.
- AO ProVantage Gel: Use 3 times daily. Spit out any excess
- Do not eat or Drink for 30 minutes.
- Rinse with warm salt water (1 teaspoon of salt in an 8oz. glass) at least 3 times a day.
Place ice pack to the outside of your face for 10 minutes, then off for 10 minutes, where surgery was done. Do this for the first 8 hours. Avoid lying on your face or bending over.
A slight amount of bleeding is normal. Hold iced tea in your mouth and then swallow it, or press a cold, moist tea bag to the area. If excessive bleeding persists, call the doctor.
- Eat a healthy, high-protein diet.
- Eat soft foods
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
- Avoid spicy foods.
- Take a multivitamin once a day.
- No corn or corn products for 2 weeks if you have had a tissue graft procedure.
- No dairy products within one hour of taking Tetracycline
- Use a blender or food processor to puree foods.
- Possible food choices: Canned fruits, mashed bananas, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, instant breakfast or Ensure, mashed potatoes, soups, cottage cheese, pasta, ice cream, pudding, Jell-O, tuna, baked chicken or fish, ground beef
- You must have someone drive you home, and stay with you for the remainder of the day.
- If your driver wants to leave after the procedure has begun, they will be told to return 1 hour before the surgery is done.
- Do not eat or drink anything for 4 hours before the surgery, except for a small amount of water to take your sedative.
- Wear loose comfortable clothing with short sleeves.
- Do not wear contact lenses, make-up, or jewelry to the office.
- Sleepiness is common for the first 24 to 48 hours after having I.V. sedation. Do not drive heavy machinery or lawn mowers.
- Refrain from making major decisions.
- Decadron is a steroid given to reduce swelling, discomfort and aid in healing.
- Start taking it the day after the surgery according to directions.
- If you have any problems with any medications you are taking, call the doctor before you quit taking them.
Soft Tissue Graft Procedures
- No corn or corn products
- Avoid biting into sandwiches or abrasive foods that might damage the graft until cleared by the doctor.
- Do not pull up or down on your lip to see the surgery area
- For 1 week after surgery: Eat a very soft, soupy diet. Do not brush or floss surgery area.
- For 1 month: Avoid hard or crunchy foods.
- Wait 3 months before using an electric toothbrush or Water Pik.