Types of Anesthesia Available
You will remain conscious, the area of surgery will be numb. There will be no pain or drowsiness.
You will remain conscious, but be completely relaxed and have a floating sensation. The area of surgery will be numb so there is no pain. You will feel fuzzy for a short time right after the procedure.
You will be in a controlled state of unconsciousness. The area of surgery will be numb so there will be no pain. You will be drowsy and feel light headed right after procedure.
We hope to make your surgical treatment as pleasant as possible for you. Please read this and any additional brochures carefully and follow all the instructions. The staff are available at any time to answer all your questions. Please feel free to contact us at 864-855-0383.
Pre-Operative Surgery Instructions
Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery. Food or drink could cause nausea and vomiting during anesthesia.
Please arrive at the office 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Failure to do so could result in cancellation of your surgery.
On the day of your surgery, you must bring someone with you to stay in the office while the surgery is being performed and also to drive you home. We ask that you bring only one adult, preferably a parent, legal guardian or spouse and no children unless they are being treated.
Someone should be prepared to stay with you at home until you are fully recovered.
Please wear short sleeves. Do not wear sweatshirts, sweaters, etc.
Please do not wear contact lens. If you must wear contacts, please bring your own container to keep them in during surgery.
Women: Please do not wear jewelry, make-up or fingernail polish. Please wear hair away from face.
Continue all medications as prescribed, unless other instructions are given by the surgeon.
Post-Operative Surgery Instructions
Day 1 (Surgery Day)
It is very important that you drink plenty of liquids today. Avoid carbonated drinks.
Do not eat or drink anything HOT for 24 hours. You may have liquids and soft foods at room temperature or cooler. Gauze can be removed temporarily while eating and/or drinking.
DO NOT rinse your mouth, DO NOT drink through a straw and DO NOT spit for 24 full hours following your surgery. This will prevent the clots in the sockets from dislodging.
It is important that you take your pain medication as soon as possible, but especially before the numbness in your mouth wears off. Make sure you eat or drink something BEFORE taking any pain medication.
Milk and milk products should be avoided for the first 6 - 8 hours following surgery.
NO SMOKING for 5 days to prevent dry socket.
Ice packs should be applied to the surgery sites for the remainder of the first day only.
- Soft diet and advance to regular diet as tolerated.
- Begin rinsing with a solution of 1 tsp. salt in a cup of warm water. This should be done at least 6 - 8 times a day and especially after eating. For approximately 7 - 10 days.
- Begin brushing teeth as normal.
*Patient can supplement the strong pain medications with either (1) Tylenol or (2) Advil (Ibruprofen) every 6 - 8 hours as needed.
Day 3 (Wisdom teeth extractions only)
- Using the same solution of salt, begin to use the syringe you were given on the lower surgery sites only. Use the syringe after eating until the surgery sites are healed. Be sure that the tip of the syringe is down in the socket. This will prevent food from getting trapped and causing infection and bad taste.
- You will need to continue using the syringe for approximately 2 - 4 weeks until the socket(s) are healed and food can no longer be trapped.
*In case of an emergency after hours, please call Palmetto Baptist medical Center at (864) 442-7200 for the Oral Surgeon on call.