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Please feel free to bring music tapes or CDs to listen to during your dental appointment.

Dental Prescriptions and Medications:

  • Have any prescriptions filled prior to your oral surgery date.
  • A sedative is available upon request.
  • The sedative must be taken one hour prior to dental appointment.
  • If a sedative is taken, you must have a driver.
  • If Motrin (Ibuprofen) and/or an antibiotic are prescribed, begin taking as directed on your prescription.
  • We advise you to take the pain medication before your numbness wears off.
  • Avoid alcohol and aspirin 3 to 5 days prior to oral surgery, as they are blood thinners and may cause excessive bleeding and delay healing.
  • Please eat a good meal before your appointment, as you will be numb when you leave and may not feel like eating or drinking for a while.

Have an Ice Pack at Home:

  • The use of ice will help reduce swelling and pain after oral surgery.
  • Ice is useful for the first 6-8 hours after oral surgery.
  • Moist heat may be applied the day following oral surgery, for additional comfort.

Diet Suggestions:

  • Have soft foods available: pasta, eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, tofu, and potatoes are good choices.
  • Make certain to eat prior to surgery, you may not feel much like eating after surgery, and it will be helpful when taking your medications.
  • Avoid caffeine before oral surgery.


  • Allow 24 to 48 hours of rest after your oral surgery.
  • Minimize your activity during the healing process.
  • Avoid activities that will elevate your heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Healing will occur much faster by resting at least 24 hours after surgery.