These instructions apply to the surgical procedure just completed. They are designed to help you minimize post-surgical discomfort and inform you of any situation that may require special attention.
It is not unusual to have discomfort for at least the first week following your surgical procedure. You will be given a prescription for medication to help you tolerate the post-surgical recovery period. Please take your medications as directed. If necessary, you may take your pain medication more frequently than every 4-6 hours to stay ahead of the soreness. It is advisable to not take pain medication on an empty stomach, as nausea may result.
As an alternative to prescription medications, most patients have found taking a combination of over-the-counter Ibuprofen and Tylenol to be effective. Ibuprofen is the generic brand for Advil and Motrin. Each tablet comes in 200mg each. You are allowed to take up to 2400mg in a 24 hour span, with each maximum single dosage being 800mg. Most patient do well taking 800mg of Ibuprofen every 8 hours (for example: 6am, 2pm, and 10pm). If necessary, you may combine this with Tylenol at 10am and 6pm.
Note: When taking any prescribed medication containing Acetaminophen (Tylenol), i.e.; Percocet, Hydrocodone, Vicoden or Tylenol with Codeine, you should not take additional Tylenol so as not to exceed the safety level of Acetaminophen. Please contact the office with any questions you may have.
Please alert the office to any allergies or sensitivities that you might have to antibiotics. An antibiotic may be prescribed following your surgical procedure. Take as directed until gone. It is advisable not to take these medications on an empty stomach, as nausea may result. For women taking birth control pills, be advised that antibiotics may interfere with their effectiveness.
Swelling may occur following your surgical procedure and will typically increase 2-3 days after the procedure. To minimize the swelling, place an ice pack over the outside cheek area for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. It is also beneficial to drink plenty of iced water over the course of the first 48 hours. Continue using ice for 2 days following the procedure as often as possible.
After 48 hours, applying moist heat will help dissipate the swelling. Rinsing with warm salt water (one cup of water, as hot as you can stand, with 1-2 teaspoons of salt) several times/day will also be beneficial.
A small amount of bleeding is normal. If excessive or continuous bleeding occurs:
- Do not rinse your mouth.
- Elevate your head when lying down.
- Apply moistened gauze to the immediate area with moderate pressure for 20 minutes; repeat if necessary.
- Apply pressure with a moistened tea bag for 20 minutes.
- Call the office if bleeding persists.
The dressing (which acts as a bandage) is used to protect the surgical site and help reduce discomfort. If the dressing comes off or is uncomfortable, please call the office for direction.
Until comfortable, avoid chewing on the side where surgery was completed. Avoid hot foods and liquids for approximately 1 hour following the surgery so as not to soften the dressing. A soft diet is recommended. Foods such as cottage cheese, oatmeal, soup, eggs, yogurt, pasta, mashed potatoes, casseroles, and fruits are more easily eaten. Remember, adequate nutrition is essential for feeling better as well as for healing.
Do not smoke for at least 2 weeks following your surgical procedure. It will significantly slow healing and can compromise results. Smoking in general will detrimentally affect the results of treatment.
Do not drink alcohol while taking prescription pain medications.
Do not rinse heavily. Most likely you will receive a prescription for a mouthwash. With both the mouthwash and the warm/salt water rinses, you should move your head around, not rinse.
Do not brush the surgical site. You may resume normal brushing/flossing in other areas the following day.
You may notice increased discomfort 3-4 days after the surgical procedure. As the tissues begin to heal, they may pull against the sutures and dressing. If you are a patient for whom Antibiotic Pre-Medication is required, take the prescribed antibiotics 1 hour prior to your suture removal appointment.
Should you have any questions or concerns during regular office hours, please do not hesitate to contact us at Sarasota Phone Number 941-366-6161.