As an alternative to prescription medications, some patients have found taking a combination of the over-the-counter drugs Ibuprofen and Tylenol to be effective in decreasing pain and soreness. You can take either of the following combinations every four to six hours as needed:
– 3 Advil Liqui-Gels and 2 Regular Strength Tylenol
– 3 Advil Liqui-Gels and 1 Extra Strength Tylenol
Note: When taking any medication containing acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol), you should avoid taking additional Tylenol so as to not to exceed recommended limits of acetaminophen, which can damage the liver. Common medications containing acetaminophen include, but are not limited to, Percocet, Hydrocodone, Vicodin and Tylenol with Codeine. Please contact the office with any questions you may have regarding this.
Don’t Forget to Take Any Antibiotics. An antibiotic may be prescribed after your surgical procedure. Take it as directed until it’s gone. Do not to take these medications on an empty stomach, as you could get nausea. For women taking birth control, antibiotics can interfere with birth control’s effectiveness.
– You should receive your pre- and post-operative prescriptions with an instruction sheet. Please have them filled and bring them with you to your scheduled surgery.
– You may need to stop taking Aspirin and other NSAID painkillers 7-10 days before your surgery.
– If you are taking Coumadin or any other blood thinner, please discontinue them as directed by the doctor.
– Please alert the office to any allergies or sensitivities you have to antibiotics.
– If you are taking an antibiotic, please take it as directed before your surgery.
– You will feel better if you have eaten before surgery.
– We keep the office cool, so dress warmly.
– Feel free to bring your iPod or MP3 player if music will help you relax.
In order to evaluate your progress, we will see you each week after your surgery for anywhere from one to 5 weeks, depending on your procedure and recovery. In most cases, we will also anticipate seeing you for a periodontal maintenance cleaning and a tissue maturation exam roughly 10 to 12 weeks after surgery.
– Ativan (lorazepam)
– Valium (diazepam)
– Triazalam (halcion)
Please bring any remaining tablets with you. Remember, we encourage you to eat prior to your surgery.
– Do not rinse your mouth.
– Elevate your head when lying down.
– Apply moistened gauze to the immediate area with moderate pressure for 20 minutes, and repeat if necessary.
– Enclose a moistened tea bag in a piece of square gauze and apply pressure for 20 minutes.
– Call us if bleeding persists.
Afterward, we recommend a soft diet. Remember: adequate nutrition is essential to feeling better and healing promptly.
The following foods are great options after oral surgery:
– Milk Shakes
– Cottage Cheese
– Ensure/Slim Fast
– Apple Sauce
– Macaroni & Cheese
– Mashed Potatoes
– Do not drink alcohol while taking prescription pain medications.
– Do not rinse for the first 24 hours. After that, you may use a mild, diluted mouthwash.
– Do not brush the surgical site. You can resume normal brushing and flossing in other areas the day after surgery.