Surgical Instructions

Prior To Surgery

  • If you chose to have general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, do not have anything to eat or drink at least 6 hours prior to your appointment.
  • If you have general anesthesia, a responsible person must accompany you, remain in the reception area, and take you home. You must NOT drive a car or operate machinery for 24 hours after general anesthesia. It is also recommended that a responsible person be with the patient at home the first day.
  • If you take medications regularly, you should take them with small sips of water at the regular time. Also, any additional medications which might be prescribed to you by our office should be taken with small sips of water as directed.
  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing with short sleeves or sleeves that can easily be rolled up above both elbows.
  • If you wear contact lenses, please remove them prior to your appointment.
  • Your mouth and teeth should be well cleansed to help avoid infection.


*If you are going to have local anesthesia only, you may eat prior to your appointment and do not need somebody to accompany you to the office unless you are under 18.

Post Operative Instructions

  • Use ice packs on surgical area (side of face) for first 48 hours.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and do not use a straw as extraction site healing can be disturbed.
  • After the first post-operative day, use a warm salt-water rinse following meals for the first week to flush out particles of food and debris which may lodge in the surgical area. (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water.)
  • Diet may consist of soft foods (nothing harder than a cooked noodle) which can be easily chewed and swallowed. No seeds, nuts, rice, popcorn, etc.
  • A certain amount of bleeding is to be expected following surgery. Bleeding is controlled by applying pressure to the surgical area using small rolled gauze for 30-60 minutes. After that time remove the gauze and then you may eat or drink. If bleeding persists, a moist black tea bag should be placed in the area of bleeding and bite firmly for one hour straight. This will aid in clotting blood. Repeat if necessary. If bleeding still persists call our office. (801)255-2422
  • We suggest that if you must smoke, you do not smoke for at least 5 days after surgery. Nicotine may break down the blood clot and cause a “dry-socket”.