By Doctors and Staff
January 20, 2016
Category: Oral Surgery

For your convenience, we have compiled this Oral Surgery Preparedness Checklist. It is intended to guide you through the process, but is not a substitute for any specific instructions you receive from your doctor. Hope you find it helpful!

For Your First Office Visit 

  • Bring a referral form from your dentist or medical doctor (if you were referred)
  • Bring in your medical and dental insurance cards
  • If you don't have insurance coverage, remember to ask about financing your procedure
  • Contact your doctor or insurance company for an insurance referrals (if required)
  • Bring copies of any X-rays or photos from your dentist or medical doctor
  • Make a list of medications you are taking to show the oral surgeon (and be sure to keep a copy for yourself)

Preparing for Your Procedure 

  • Do not eat or drink for six hours prior to having general anesthesia – children should also not eat or drink for six hours before having nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
  • Take off jewelry and nail polish and remove contact lenses
  • Wear lose comfortable clothes and stable footwear  – no flip flops
  • Make sure you have soft food ready at home – remember you cannot eat anything hotter than room temperature  for the first two days, and will need to avoid spicy, crunchy, chewy foods or anything with small pieces like rice or seeds
  • A responsible adult must accompany you to our office, wait with you during your procedure  and stay with you for the rest of the day if you expect to have general anesthesia
  • Minors will need to bring along a legal guardian or parent to sign consents and accompany them to consults and their procedure
  • If you take medications at home, note whether you are approved to take them before surgery
  • Make sure you have a photo ID on hand for when you pick up medication at the pharmacy
  • To be safe, don’t make any big plans for the few days afterwards – if you’re feeling okay you can always plan something later
  • Review pre-op instructions carefully, and contact the office if there are any concerns

After Your Procedure 

  • Make sure you have a follow up appointment scheduled if necessary
  • Use ice for 48 hours and heat after that to reduce swelling (have soft ice packs ready at home) – and remember that reduced swelling equals reduced pain
  • The second day is often when swelling increases, so use ice on day 1 even if you’re not swollen
  • Have the office number handy for questions, and know that evenings and weekends you will need to leave a message with the answering service, but someone will return your call promptly
  • If you’re doing well, that’s great, but follow all instructions and take all prescribed medication, for the full time recommended
  • Follow all post-op instructions carefully, and contact the office if there are any concerns

Follow up Care 

  • Make note of any long-term follow up required
  • Be alert to any symptoms of a problem for several weeks after your procedure
  • Use pain meds as long as you need them and then dispose of the remainder of your prescription
  • Schedule a follow-up with your dentist or medical doctor if needed