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Patient Instructions

FIRST VISIT / CONSULTATION

The first step towards your improved oral health at Spectrum Oral Surgery is your consultation appointment. This important meeting helps us assess your needs, gives you the chance to get comfortable with our office and staff before your procedure and to answer any questions you may have. Here are some of the topics we’ll cover:

  • Medical history and current medical conditions and medications.
  • An oral exam to determine the appropriate procedure.
  • Review any documents you may have from your dentist.
  • Take new x-rays or review existing ones.
  • Review your treatment and anesthesia options.
  • Help you prepare for your procedure.
  • Answer any questions you may have.
  • Fill out any insurance forms and provide an estimate for your procedure.
NEW PATIENT FORMS

By filling out this forms before your consultation, you’ll save some time at our office when you arrive.

Download New Patient Forms  New Patient Forms (ZIP / 89KB)

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PRE-OPERATIVE CARE

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR SURGERY (under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation)
You have an important part to play in getting ready, so READ ON.

PLEASE FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS:

NOTHING TO EAT AFTER MIDNIGHT, you may eat your regular food up until midnight the day before your surgery.

Nothing to eat on the day of surgery.

You may have up to 1 cup (250 ml) of clear fluids (such as water) from midnight up until 3 hours before your surgery time.

Absolutely Nothing to drink 3 hours prior to your surgery time, including water.

  • Arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home. Please check in with your ride upon arrival at the office.
  • All rides must remain in the office while the patient is having surgery. Your ride must park in our patient parking lot only.
  • Refrain from smoking Marijuana 24 hours before surgery as it may cause interactions with some of the anesthetic medications used.
  • You will need a responsible adult to be with you for the rest of the day.
  • Arrange for a baby-sitter, if you have children. You will need someone to care for them for the whole day.
  • You cannot drive, take public transit or operate heavy machinery for 48 hours.
  • Please contact our office if you develop cold or flu-like symptoms just prior to surgery.
  • All patients should take their regularly prescribed medications with a minimum amount of WATER only!
  • For patients with special diet needs, discuss ‘before surgery. preparation with the oral surgeon before your surgery date.

For patients with special diet needs, discuss “before surgery preparation” with the oral surgeon before your surgery date.

BRING TO THE OFFICE

  • Your signed consent form and any other forms you were asked to complete.
  • Your health card (required for prescriptions).
  • Your reading glasses, if necessary, no contact lenses.
  • An interpreter if you do not speak or understand English.

JUST A REMINDER

…when coming to the office

  • Leave your jewellery and large amounts of money at home.
  • Remove nail polish, makeup, tongue and lip piercings. Do not wear contact lenses. Wear loose, comfortable clothing with access to both arms.
  • If you take Asthma inhalers, please bring them to the office with you.
  • Take your regularly scheduled medications the morning of your surgery with a SIP of water.
  • 5. Arrange for someone to be available to drive you home from the office and stay with you the rest of the day.
  • If you develop cold or flu-like symptoms just prior to surgery contact our office.
  • IF YOU ARE PREGNANT, tell your doctor when discussing the surgery and please tell us before surgery.
  • Pets are not permitted into the office.

FOR FEMALE PATIENTS

Women taking the birth control pill should note that antibiotics may reduce the pills’ effectiveness and alternative birth control methods should be considered.

Some women experience vaginal yeast infections when taking commonly prescribed antibiotics. If severe enough, this may require additional treatment by your physician.

Download Important Information About Your Surgery Form  Important Information About Your Surgery Form (WORD DOC / 38KB)

Download Pre-Operative Checklist Form  Pre-Operative Checklist Form (WORD DOC / 31KB)

This form are in Word .DOC file format. To view Word .DOC use Microsoft Office to edit the file.

POST-OPERATIVE CARE

RECOVERY CARE AND TIPS

  1. Bleeding: A small amount of bleeding is normal for a few days. If bleeding is excessive, place a thick gauze pad directly over the wound and bite for 30 minutes. Remove any large blood clots as they may hold the wound open, and then place direct pressure on the areas as described. For stubborn bleeding use a moist tea bag directly on the site instead of the gauze. DO NOT EXPECTORATE (spit out).
  2. Pain: Pain following oral surgery is expected for a few days to a week depending on the extent and difficulty of your surgery. It should be relieved by the medication prescribed. DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL WHEN TAKING STRONG PAIN PILLS. IF POSSIBLE, PAIN PILLS SHOULD BE TAKEN WITH FOOD.
  3. Swelling: The amount of swelling depends on the difficulty of the surgery. It peaks in 2-3 days and lasts about a week. Ice pack applied to the area for the first day or two will decrease the amount of swelling. Use the ice pack intermittently, 20 minutes on, and then 20 minutes off, on the outside of your mouth.
  4. Nausea: Post-operative nausea may be due to the anaesthetic or narcotic pain relievers. It may help to take food along with your pain pills, as the narcotics cause more upset on an empty stomach. If necessary, Gravol may be purchased at most pharmacies, and should be taken as directed.
  5. Fever: A slight fever is expected for a few days. If the fever is high or prolonged, our office should be notified.
  6. Fainting: Light-headedness or fainting may occur. Lie down and elevate legs with a pillow.
  7. Discolouration and Sutures: Bruising of the skin is variable, can last 1-2 weeks and is not cause for alarm. Sutures (stitches) will dissolve and/or fall out in 7-14 days.
  8. Rinsing: DO NOT RINSE YOUR MOUTH, DO NOT DRINK THROUGH A STRAW, DO NOT SMOKE FOR AT LEAST 24 HOURS! After the 24 hours you can begin brushing your teeth (but be gentle) and rinsing with diluted salt water (1tsp salt to 4oz water). Remember that a clean wound heals better and faster.
  9. Diet: Start drinking as soon as you get home (NOT THROUGH A STRAW) It is imperative to maintain an adequate intake of fluids (Eight x 8oz. glasses per day). Start on fluids and change to a soft diet, as chewing becomes more comfortable.
  10. If you had SEDATION or GENERAL Anaesthesia: DO NOT operate a vehicle, hazardous machinery, take public transit or consume alcohol for 48 hours OR if you are taking NARCOTIC PAIN RELIEVERS. These precautions may need to be extended for greater than 48 hours if your drowsiness or dizziness persists.
  11. Emergency: If you have any questions or are in need of assistance, it is always best to call our office during business hours. We are available Monday-Thursday from 8:30am-4:30pm and Fridays 8:30am-12:30pm. The telephone number is: (800) 525-9281. This allows Spectrum Oral Surgery to personally take care of your problem. If you develop an EMERGENCY after hours, please call: (800) 525-9281. The on-call Oral Surgeon will contact you and assist you with your EMERGENCY.
  12. Website: All this information and more can be found on our website. “spectrumoralsurgery.ca”.

Download Home Care Form  Home Care Form (WORD DOC / 31KB)

Download Pre-Operative Sinus Exposure Form  Pre-Operative Sinus Exposure Form (WORD DOC / 31KB)

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