Surgical Instructions

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Medications and discomfort: Pain following oral surgery is usually well controlled with non-narcotic medications such as Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin) or Tylenol.

Items to have at home prior to surgery:

  • Have a method for applying ice to your face for the first 24 hours (zip-lock bags or frozen bag of peas)

  • Prepare a soft meal for consumption sometime within 3 hours after surgery.

  • Ice-Tea contains tannic acid which stops any remaining bleeding & is an excellent first beverage after surgery.

  • Good beverages also include: Milk Products, Gatorade, Hawaiian Punch, Hi-C, Grape, Apple or Prune Juices, Kool-Aid, and in special instances Instant Breakfast or Meritene.

Oral Surgery Instructions prior to surgery:

  • Have nothing to eat or drink after midnight before surgery (if you elected for IV Sedation).

  • Do not drink caffeinated beverages.

  • Avoid smoking.

  • Do not wear heavy makeup.

  • Read the label and take any medications that have been prescribed for you.

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing and shoes.

  • If you have elected for sedation, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home.                      (Be sure this person can stay with you throughout your entire stay in our office.)

Oral Surgery Instructions after surgery:

  • Take any prescribed medications and rest.

  • Bite firmly down on the gauze provided.                                                                               (This may be changed after an hour with a clean piece of gauze.)

For the first 48 hours:

  • Do not smoke

  • Do not spit

  • Do not drink through a straw

  • Do not rinse your mouth vigorously

After 24 hours:

  • Gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water.

  • Continue to take any medications as prescribed.

  • A small amount of blood mixed with your saliva is normal but if bleeding persists gently bite on a moist tea bag 9If bleeding continues - call our office)

  • You may notice some swelling for the first few days.

  • if you develop a fever it may be a sign of infection. Please call our office.


We hope to make you as comfortable as possible. If you have any questions or problems don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to help you!

Dental Specialty Group
4326 Park Blvd.
Suite C-East
Pinellas Park, Fl. 33781