(631) 247-0977

Long Island Dental Specialty
23 Southdown Road, Huntington, NY 11743

Surgical Instructions

Pre-Operative Instructions

The following instructions may be helpful when preparing for your upcoming oral surgery. Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions. We can be reached at (631) 247-0977 during regular business hours.

Medications

When we scheduled your surgery date, we provided a list of any needed pre/post-operative prescriptions. For your convenience, please have them filled prior to your scheduled surgery and bring them with you to your appointment.

If you are taking Coumadin or another blood thinner such as aspirin or Plavix, please inform the doctor as the dosage will likely need to be adjusted prior to your procedure. If Dr. Kapoor has prescribed an antibiotic (pre-med), please take it as directed before your surgery. Please be sure to have discussed with the doctor any allergies or sensitivities you have to antibiotics.

Eating Before Surgery

Many people prefer to eat before their procedure; please ask us if there are any dietary restrictions or timing restrictions.

Ensuring Your Comfort

We recommend dressing warmly; we keep the office cool. If you would like to listen to music during the procedure, please bring your phone, iPod, or other device.

In order to evaluate your progress and healing, we will schedule you for regular post-operative checks during the first five weeks.

Sedatives

Your comfort is our top priority. Dr. Kapoor may prescribe Xanex (Alprazolam) or Valium (Diazepam) as an oral sedative. Patients on oral sedatives remain alert and conscious during the procedure, but feel relaxed and calm.

If you elect to take an oral sedative before your procedure, please bring any remaining tablets with you. Also, you must have a driver to take you to and from our office.

Post-Operative Instructions

These instructions below are designed to help you minimize post-surgical discomfort and to inform you of any situation that may require special attention.

Pain Medications

It is not unusual to have discomfort for a few days or a week after your surgical procedure. Please take the prescribed pain medication as directed to alleviate soreness. It is advisable to not take pain medication on an empty stomach as nausea may result.

As an alternative to prescription medications, some patients elect to take a combination of over-the-counter Ibuprofin and Tylenol in either of the following dosages every four to six hours: 3 Advil Liqui-Gels and 2 Regular-Strength Tylenol or 3 Advil Liqui-Gels and 1 Extra-Strength Tylenol.

NOTE: When taking any prescribed medication containing Acetaminophen (Tylenol), such as Percocet, Hydrocodone, Vicadin, or Tylenol with Codeine, you should not take any additional Tylenol so as not to exceed the safety level of the Acetaminophen. Please call our office if you have any questions.

Post-Surgery Antibiotic

The doctor may prescribe an antibiotic following your surgical procedure. Take as directed until gone. It is advisable not to take these medications on an empty stomach as nausea may result. For women taking birth control, please be advised that antibiotics may interfere with their effectiveness.

Swelling

Swelling may occur following your surgical procedure and will typically increase two to three days after the procedure. To minimize the swelling, place an ice pack on the outside cheek area for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. Continue using ice for two to three days following the procedure.

Bleeding

A small amount of bleeding is normal after surgery. If it is excessive or if continuous bleeding occurs:

Do not rinse your mouth

Elevate your head when lying down

Apply moistened gauze to the immediate area with moderate pressure for 20 minutes. Repeat if necessary.

Enclose a moistened tea bag in a gauze square and apply pressure for 20 minutes.

Call our office if bleeding persists.

Dressing

The dressing (which acts as a bandage) is used to protect the surgical site and help reduce discomfort. If the dressing comes off or is uncomfortable, please call our office for instructions.

Diet

Avoid chewing on the side where the surgery occurred until it’s comfortable to eat. Avoid hot foods and liquids for approximately one hour or until the Novocain wears off to avoid softening the dressing. A soft diet is recommended. Foods such as cottage cheese, oatmeal, soup, eggs, yogurt, pasta, rice, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, casseroles, applesauce, and bananas are good choices. It’s important to have adequate nutrition to aid in the recovery process.

Smoking

Do not smoke for at least two weeks following your surgical procedure. If will significantly slow the healing process and can compromise results.

Alcohol

Do not drink alcohol while taking prescription pain medications.

Mouth Rinse

Do not use a mouthwash or rinse for the first 24 hours. After that, you may use a mild, diluted mouthwash. Repeat as necessary to help keep the dressing clean.

Brushing Teeth

Do not brush the surgical site. You may resume normal brushing/flossing in other areas the day after the surgery.

Suture Removal

You may notice increased discomfort three to four days after the surgical procedure. As the tissues begin to heal, they may pull against the sutures and dressing. You may choose to take some form of pain medication one hour prior to your suture removal appointment to minimize tenderness.

If you are a patient for whom Antibiotic Pre-Medication is required, please take the prescribed antibiotic(s) one hour prior to your suture removal appointment.

If you have any questions, please call our office at (631) 247-0977.

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  • Monday
    6:30 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    6:30 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    6:30 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday
    6:30 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday
    6:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday
    8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Sunday
    Closed

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Long Island Dental Specialty

23 Southdown Road, Huntington, NY 11743

(631) 247-0977