Surgeons/Owners: Dr. Kenneth Chow | Dr. Jason Choi | Dr. David Yang
Pre and Post Surgery

Instructions

Instructions before Sedation or General Anaesthesia

  • Do not drink or eat anything for at least 6-8 hours prior to your appointment
  • Do not wear excessive makeup like nail polish and lipstick
  • Wear loose clothing with sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow
  • Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures should be removed
  • If you are sick (i.e. cold, flu, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset), please notify the office
  • If you take routine oral medications, please notify the office prior to your surgical date for instructions
  • Please do not smoke at least 12 hours before surgery and discontinue smoking for 7 days after surgery
  • Please discontinue any recreational drugs 24 hours before surgery
  • You should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the anaesthesia.
  • Please have a family member or friend accompany you to the office and to take you home. They should supervise you until you are alert and oriented.

 

Home Care Instructions

Bleeding:

  • Minor bleeding/oozing may continue for 1 – 2 days
  • Place gauze pack over the surgical area and bite for ~ 30 min. (don’t leave in while eating or sleeping)
  • Repeat gauze every ~ 30 min. until the bleeding slows down (don’t leave in while eating or sleeping)
  • Avoid spitting or talking too much for the first day
  • Avoid sucking actions for 7 days (smoking, straw use)
  • For excessive bleeding, try a moist tea bag over the surgical area

Pain:

  • The first 24 – 48 hours will usually be the most painful
  • For minor pain, use over-the-counter pain medication (i.e. Advil, Motrin, Tylenol)
  • For more serious pain, use the prescribed pain medication as directed

Swelling/Bruising:

  • Swelling is common for 1 – 7 days
  • If bruising develops, it should resolve in 7 – 14 days
  • Place an ice pack on the cheek area for 30 minutes and alternate sides for 24 hours
  • After 24 hours, use warm moist heat for comfort
  • Sleep with your head elevated with two pillows

Diet:

  • Remove the gauze pack when eating or drinking
  • After the bleeding slows down and the freezing starts to wear off, start with cool clear liquids
  • Avoid hot liquids/foods for 24 hours
  • Gradually increase your diet to soft foods
  • If you are nauseated and a carbonated beverage does not improve it, try some over-the-counter Gravol

Other Instructions:

  • After anesthesia, you must have supervision for 24 hours
  • After anesthesia, do not drive a motor vehicle or operate machinery for 24 hours
  • Brush teeth carefully, avoiding the surgical area
  • Gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water after each meal
  • Stitches will dissolve gradually in 5 – 7 days
  • If hives or an itch develops on your skin, stop the prescribed medication and contact the on-call surgeon
  • If your recovery is not improving after 5 – 7 days, please call the office