Patients who have undergone IV sedation should be carefully attended to by a responsible family member or friend for at least several hours after leaving the office. The patient cannot drive for 24 hours or while taking narcotic pain medication.
A certain amount of discomfort is to be expected with any surgical procedure. This varies with the amount of surgery required. Discomfort is usually well-controlled by over-the-counter medication. Depending on the difficulty of the procedure, stronger pain medication may be prescribed. Make sure to eat something before taking any narcotic pain medication. Nausea is the most common side effect. Take all prescribed pain medication as directed.
Bleeding follows any surgical procedure and should not cause alarm unless it is excessive or persistent. To control bleeding, we will place a gauze dressing over the surgical site and have the patient apply firm pressure. This pressure will stop the bleeding.
These are a normal part of the healing process and, unless extreme, are of no significant concern. Early application of ice can be helpful in decreasing the amount of swelling, which peaks 72 hours after surgery. Place an ice pack to the affected side (where surgery was performed) of your face in 20-minute intervals for the first 24 to 36 hours as you feel up to it. (You do not need to do this overnight.) Keep your head elevated on additional pillows. This will also help to reduce the severity of swelling. If at any time you have concerns, please contact our office.
It is important to keep your mouth clean to reduce the risk of infection. Beginning the day after surgery, you can brush your teeth normally.
For your comfort, start with clear, cool liquids after surgery. Maintain a soft diet for the first few days and focus on the unaffected side. Do not use a straw or drink carbonated beverages for at least the first 3 days after surgery. Avoid alcohol during the first 3 days after surgery as well.
Please avoid all tobacco products for at least the first 72 hours after surgery. Nicotine adversely affects normal healing and increases your likelihood of developing healing complications.
These can include but are not limited to: a fever over 101.3, discomfort not controlled by prescribed pain medications, prolonged or excessive bleeding, or excessive swelling. Give us a call with any questions or concerns at (805) 648-5121.