Post-operative Instructions for Dental Surgery with Sedation

  1. Maintain pressure on the surgical site for 20 minutes with the gauze provided, then let the site sit open for a few minutes. If your mouth does not pool with blood, you do not need more gauze as this can disturb the newly formed scab and cause more bleeding. If your mouth does fill with blood apply more pressure with wet gauze for another 20 minutes. It is normal to have a reddish/pinkish hue in your saliva, even for a few days after.
  2. Start applying a cold compress 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off, to the outside of your cheeks
  3. Take all medications as prescribed
  4. Maintain a soft or liquid diet for the first few days of recovery
  5. You may brush the rest of your teeth but avoid the surgical areas
  6. Refrain from smoking or using alcohol for a MINIMUM OF 24 HOURS
  7. Avoid spitting, rinsing and drinking through a straw for the first 24 hour
  8. After 24 hours you may start to gently rinse with warm salt water (approx. 1 tsp. salt to 1 cup of water). Let the water dribble out of your mouth instead of spitting forcibly.
  9. After 48 hours you may start using your syringe if food is getting caught in the site. BE VERY GENTLE
  10. The stitches usually dissolve on their own within 4-7 days. Even if they feel loose or come out sooner do not worry. Just avoid disturbing the area.

Following sedation, 24 hours may be required for the full effects of the drugs to wear off. During this period, it is essential that you follow these instructions.

  • Do not operate motor vehicles, boats, power tools or machinery for 24 hours, or longer if drowsiness or dizziness persists
  • The law considers the patient to be impaired for 24 hours following sedation
  • Do not sign or enter into any legal contract for at least 24 hours

Please avoid the following foods for at least the first 7 days after surgery:

  • Spicy foods
  • Hot-to-the-touch foods
  • Hard bread loafs and baguettes
  • Foods that are difficult to chew
  • Potato chips
  • Popcorn

Be sure to rest and have a relaxing recovery. Though it varies greatly for each patient and the types of procedure, you may anticipate one week of recovery to resume normal activities. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office