Long Beach Dental Arts 6226 E. Spring St., Ste 230, Long Beach, CA 90815
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We have been trained as professionals and we put forth great effort to keep our patients at the highest level of satisfaction possible.

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Office Hours

Monday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Pre/Post Op Instructions

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PRE OP INSTRUCTIONS


For IV Sedation

You will NOT be able to drive to and from the office. Furthermore, you should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the anesthesia experience. Your ride must be present with you at the time of the procedure and be available immediately afterwards.

The medication has a very strong amnestic effect and frequently, you do not remember going home; thus taking a cab or bus is NOT permitted.



Clothing

Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. Shirts should have short sleeves that are not too tight or loose fitting sleeves that can be rolled up past the elbow, as monitoring equipment will need to be applied.

If you wear contacts, dentures, or any jewelry, especially on your lips and tongue, please remove them prior to surgery. They can potentially damage your teeth during surgery while you are asleep.

If you have an illness such as a cold, active cough, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset within 48 hours of the surgery date, please notify the office.



For Sinus Surgery

Please take Sudafed 1 hour before Sinus Lift Procedure. Decongestants such as Sudafed (over the counter) must be taken 2-­‐3 times same day of surgery and maybe 2-­‐3 days after. It is required to NOT blow your nose mouth and when you cough or sneeze – open your mouth.



Valium

If oral Valium is used then you should not eat solid food two hours before the appointment. It is important to eat on the ay of surgery, but the meal before surgery must be skipped. For example, if surgery is scheduled for the afternoon, eat a good breakfast but skip lunch. It is permissible to have some clear liquids such as juice 3 hours before the appointment. Take Valium as prescribed 1 hour prior to surgery.

The medication has a very strong amnestic effect and frequently, you do not remember going home; thus taking a cab or bus is NOT permitted PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE ACCOMPANIED BY A RESPONSIBLE ADULT TO THE CLINIC.



Alcohol

Do not use alcoholic beverages 24 hours before the day of treatment or prior to your appointment.



Aspirin

We prefer that you do not take aspirin one week prior to surgery and one week after surgery, unless advised by your medical doctor.



Nutrition

During the first 24 hours following your surgery, avoid hot fluids (tea, coffee, hot soup) and also avoid chewing on food on the same side of the surgery.

Limit yourself to a soft diet such as: Pudding, Jell­‐O, yogurt, applesauce, scrambled eggs, mashed bananas, cooked pasta, Liquid supplements: Ensure, Boost, Carnation Instant Breakfast

Increase your nutrition gradually but avoid hard to chew foods until your first post-­‐operative visit. Drink plenty of fluids and do not use straws.



Smoking

Smoking seriously retards the healing process and increases the risk of infection in your mouth. Avoid smoking during the first 48 hours following your surgery, preferably 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks after.

Reduce smoking as much as possible to ensure proper healing and avoid excess bleeding.



Activities

During the 5 days following your surgery, it is not advisable to exercise. Do not perform any strenuous physical activities during your recovery period.

If you take other routine medications please follow these directions:



High Blood Pressure

All medications for your blood pressure should be taken at their regular scheduled time and dose.



Asthma

All regularly scheduled asthma medications should be taken. If you have a rescue inhaler you will need to take two puffs prior to the procedure. Please bring your inhaler to the surgery.



Antibiotic Premedication

If you have been given premedication for your heart or artificial joints, please take them one hour prior to the surgery.

Maximum effectiveness of prophylactic antibiotics occurs when the antibiotic is in the tissue before bacterial invasion.



POST OP INSTRUCTIONS


Swelling

This is normal following a surgical procedure. It should reach it’s maximum in 24 to 48 hours and diminish by the fourth day after surgery.



Discomfort

The most discomfort is experienced immediately after the anesthetic wears off and sensation returns to the mouth.



Hemorrhage

Bleeding or “oozing” is expected for the first 12 to 24 hours.

Do Not
  • DO NOT APPLY HEAT TO THE FACE. This will increase the swelling.

  • AVOID SPITTING

  • NO SMOKING

  • NO DRINKING FROM STRAWS or any other activity that disturbs the blood clots and may lead to bleeding, infections and pain.

  • AVOID STRENUOUS EXERCISE FOR THE FIRST 24 HOURS. Physical activity causes the blood pressure to rise and produce bleeding and discomfort.



DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS

Medication

Take all medications as prescribed. If pain medications are prescribed, ensure you take them as directed; they are prescribed to minimize your discomfort during the healing phase. If antibiotics are prescribed, take them as directed until all have been taken. Discontinue antibiotics in case of rash, itching or upset stomach and advise the office.



Bleeding

moderate amount of bleeding or oozing can be expected during the first 2 days after the surgery. To control bleeding, place gauze on the area and apply a gentle pressure. Change the gauze every 30-45 minutes until bleeding has stopped. Always remove gauzes before sleeping, drinking or eating. Applying ice packs on the outside of the jaw or cheeks also help in preventing or stopping the bleeding. If heavy bleeding, uncontrolled bleeding or clots formation occur, call the office immediately.



Swelling

Swelling is common and may peak 3 days after the surgery. Applying ice packs immediately following the surgery will help in reducing the swelling. Wrap ice in a thin cloth and apply it to the side of the operated site as soon as possible after surgery. Place it for 5 minutes and then remove it for 5 minutes and repeat for the first 2 hours. Bruising may also be associated with swelling and should reduce as the swelling dissipates.

It is also recommended to sleep with your head elevated at about 45 degrees for the first 2-3 days following your surgery to reduce swelling. If swelling does not reduce or increases 5 days after your surgery and you experience excessive pain, call the office.



Rinsing & Brushing

Do not rinse your mouth or brush your teeth until 24 hours after your surgery as it will delay the healing process. Brush adjacent teeth using a soft toothbrush and avoid brushing the gum line of the surgical site as stitches may be present. You may rinse your mouth each time after eating by using ½ tsp. of salt dissolved in a glass of warm water. Do not swish when rinsing your mouth; instead slightly lower and gently move your head right to left. Do not spit out water but let it drain out I the sink. Do not brush or floss surgical site until told to do so by Dr. Alex Park.



Stitches

Stitches (if present) will dissolve in approximately. They may come loose or fall out before your first post-operative visit. As long as there is no continuous bleeding, discomfort or pain, this is not a cause for concern. If you had a dental implant placed and the stitches fall out, advise the office. Never attempt to remove a stitch on your own.



Nutrition

During the first 24 hours following your surgery, avoid hot fluids (tea, coffee, hot soup) and also avoid chewing on food. Limit yourself to a soft diet such as pudding Jell-O, yogurt, applesauce, scrambled eggs, mashed bananas, overcooked pasta. Liquid supplements such as Ensure, Boost, Carnation Instant Breakfast are also excellent. Increase your nutrition gradually but avoid hard to chew foods until your first post-operative visit. Drink plenty of fluids and do not use straws.



Activities

During the 5 days following your surgery, it is not advisable to go to the gym, participate in sporting activities, swim, lift and/or push heavy objects. It is not recommended that you perform any strenuous physical activities during your recovery period.



Smoking

Smoking seriously retards the healing process and increases the risk of infection in your mouth. Avoid smoking during the first 48 hours following your surgery. Reduce smoking as much as possible to ensure proper healing and avoid excess bleeding.


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Long Beach Dental Arts
6226 E. Spring St., Ste 230, Long Beach, CA 90815
Phone: 562.732.4020

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