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Pre-Operative Instructions You Need to Know Before Getting Oral Surgery

Posted on 3/22/2021 by Office
Pre-Operative Instructions You Need to Know Before Getting Oral SurgeryWe understand that patients may feel a certain amount of anxiety when getting oral surgery. At Oral Surgery Specialists of Austin, Dr. Flint and Dr. Largent will provide you with all the information you need to ensure you have a smooth and safe dental experience.

Below are some of the guidelines that you need to follow before an oral surgery takes place:

•  Provide us with a list of any medical conditions you have like diabetes, hypertension, or heart disease so that we can determine if it is safe for you to undergo surgery. You should also keep us updated on any sudden changes in your health before the surgery.
•  Provide us with a list of prescription meds that you use including painkillers, blood thinners, and insulin. These medications may interfere with the anesthesia, surgery, or healing time so you may have to ask your doctor to adjust these doses.
•  If your oral surgery only requires local anesthesia, you can have your meals as usual. However, if the surgery involves IV sedation, you may need to stop eating several hours before the procedure, depending on our recommendation. You may take small sips of water if you have to take your prescription meds before the surgery.
•  If you use Warfarin, you need to stop taking it at least three days before the procedure. Discuss your oral surgery with your doctor so that he may discontinue the medication for some time.
•  Do not take vitamin E or aspirin at least 7 days before surgery as it can lead to bleeding.
•  If we prescribe you any medication or oral sedatives before the surgery, take them exactly as we instructed, and bring your prescription with you when you come for oral surgery.
•  If you suspect you have a cold, inform us immediately so that we can move the date of your appointment.
•  Avoid using alcohol, tobacco, or recreational drugs as they can react badly with the anesthesia and healing process.
•  Some of the antibiotics prescribed for the surgery can interfere with oral contraceptives. Women should check this with their physicians.
•  If the surgery involves sedation, bring a responsible person who can safely take you home.
•  Brush and floss your teeth before you arrive for the surgery to reduce any chance of infection. Also, use the bathroom half an hour before the surgery.
•  Wear loose clothes during the appointment. Take off any facial or mouth jewelry and do not wear lipstick.

Following these simple steps can help you prepare effectively for a smooth oral surgery. If you have further concerns, call us at (512) 351-7653 before your surgery.


Derrick Flint, MD, DDS | Matthew Largent, MD, DDS

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