Pre-operative Instructions

The following instructions may be helpful when preparing for your upcoming surgery. Please do not hesitate to call if you have any last minute questions. We can be reached at Mount Vernon Periodontics & Implants Phone Number 360-424-5175 during regular business hours.

Pre-operative Instructions

The following instructions may be helpful when preparing for your upcoming surgery. Please do not hesitate to call if you have any last minute questions. We can be reached at Mount Vernon Periodontics & Implants Phone Number 360-424-5175 during regular business hours.

We keep the office cool, so dress warmly. You may bring your iPod or MP3 player with you if you like.

In order to evaluate your progress and healing, we will see you for weekly post-operative checks during the first 1-5 weeks. In most cases, after surgery we will also look forward to seeing you back for a periodontal maintenance cleaning and an examination of tissue maturation about 10-12 weeks following the surgery.

DO’s:

Take any prophylactic antibiotics that you take for your routine dental procedures. Please alert the office to any allergies or sensitivities that you might have to antibiotics. You will be prescribed an antibiotic if our doctor determines it to be necessary. 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 pills, be advised that antibiotics may interfere with their effectiveness.

Eat your meal.

325 mg of OTC Tylenol or 400 mg of Advil/Ibuprofen/ Aleve/ Motrin can be taken 30 minutes prior to your visit if desired.

If you are diabetic, please skip your insulin but do eat your regular meal.  More sugar can be managed more easily than no sugar.

If you elect to use one of the following anxiety control medications, you must have a ride to and from the office. Please bring your remaining tablets with you. Remember, we encourage you to eat prior to your surgery.

  • Ativan (Lorazepam)
  • Valium (Diazepam)
  • Triazalam (Halcion)

After the surgery, please take the medications as prescribed.

If there is any change in your health history or medications please do let us know.

DON’Ts:

Do not take full strength Aspirin 5-6 days prior to your surgical visit to prevent excessive bleeding.  If you take 1 baby Aspirin/day, it does not need to be stopped.

If you take Warfarin/Coumadin, please consult with your cardiologist/physician to adjust INR (Pro Time).  We want the INR to be 2.2 or below on the day of the surgery to avoid any bleeding complications.

If you take Plavix/Clopidogrel, please consult with your prescribing medical doctor’s office, when to stop them.

For Eliquis, Xarelto or other new generation blood thinners please consult with your prescribing doctor when to stop those prior to your surgical visit.

Food Suggestions

When preparing a post-op menu, please consider some of the following choices:

  • Ensure/Slim Fast
  • Soups
  • Pudding
  • Rice
  • Apple Sauce
  • Oatmeal
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Jell-O
  • Bananas
  • Yogurt
  • Pasta
  • Milk Shakes
  • Casseroles
  • Cooked Vegetables
  • Cream of Wheat
  • Cottage Cheese