Periodontist Pre-operative Instructions

  • Maintain your normal diet prior to surgery, unless you have been directed otherwise.
  • For nitrous oxide sedation and IV Sedation no eating or drinking starting 6 hours before your scheduled procedure.
  • For all forms of sedation  (oral, nitrous oxide gas, and IV) a designated driver is required.
  • Please take any medications we have asked you to start prior to surgery, as directed.
  • You should take all your prescription medications as you normally would. Special instructions for blood thinners see below:
    • Blood Thinners: High dose Aspirin should not be taken for ten days prior to your surgery. Low dose aspirin could be taken prior to surgery. Coumadin or Plavix is ordinarily stopped 2-4 days prior to surgery, unless otherwise instructed by your periodontist or physician. Always consult your medical Doctor before stopping Blood thinners.
  • If you ordinarily take a prophylactic antibiotic ( eg: for a prosthetic joint or heart valve) prior to dental treatment, you should take it one hour prior to surgery.
  • Please alert the office to any allergies to antibiotics. You will be prescribed an antibiotic if our doctor determines it to be necessary. Take as directed until gone.
  • If you elect to use nitrous oxide or oral sedatives or IV sedation, you must have a ride to and from the office.