Upstate Dental Surgery
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Surgery Instructions


  1. PATIENT ESCORT REQUIRED: If you are “put to sleep” or have any medication other local anesthesia (example: Novacaine), it is imperative that a responsible adult accompany you in order to help with immediate post-operative care and provide safe transportation home. The escort is required to remain in the office during the course of treatment. In most cases, the patient stay will be less than one hour.
  2. All patients should not eat or drink anything from midnight the night before surgery - NOT EVEN WATER! If you do eat or drink, we CANNOT “put you to sleep”.
  3. As a general rule, it is permissible and many times imperative that you continue to take medications which your medical doctor has you taking. You will be advised if any of these medications should be discontinued prior to surgery.
  4. Please brush your teeth the morning of your surgery in order to reduce bacteria and prevent infection. Be careful not to swallow any water.
  5. All patients should wear loose, or short sleeved upper garments. These are requested since intravenous drugs will be used during the procedure. Wear low heels or flat shoes.
  6. If fever, congestion or other symptoms of cold, flu or respiratory disorder develops within 48 hours prior to your surgery, please call our office as it may be necessary to reschedule your surgery.
  7. No Smoking of any kind for at least four hours before your surgery!
  8. If you wear contact lenses, please remove them before surgery.
  9. Please do NOT wear fingernail polish.
  10. Parent or guardian must sign for minors.
  11. Payment in full is expected at the time of surgery unless prior arrangements have been made with the front office. Visa and MasterCard are acceptable.
  12. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please give a 24 hour notice, otherwise there may be a charge for the time reserved. Our office number is 864-268-6417.
  13. We realize that most people do not use illegal drugs. If, however, you do, please do not use these 24 hours prior to your surgery. 



  1. Stay at home and limit activity.
  2. Keep firm pressure on dressing for 30 minutes. A small amount of bleeding may be expected for the next 36 hours. If bleeding becomes excessive, notify the office. Change the gauze every 2 hours. When the bleeding stops, take the gauze out.
  3. NO SMOKING for at least 4 hours. In order to promote rapid healing, a protective blood clot MUST FORM IN THE SOCKET. DO NOT DISTURB this clot with strong mouth washes, tongue, food, sucking, spitting, drinking from a straw, etc.
  4. As anesthetic “wears off”, pain may be controlled by taking medications given to you AS DIRECTED. If throbbing pain develops after 48 hours, contact the office. Should you need a refill on your prescription, please call our office during office hours so that the doctor may access your records. Please note that prescriptions for pain medication will not be refilled evenings, weekends or after 2:00 pm on Friday.
  5. The day following surgery, start using saline (salt water) rinses. These are very effective for relief of soreness and to promote good oral hygiene. Use one teaspoonful of salt in a full glass of warm water. Rinse gently four times daily; after every meal and at bedtime.
  6. An ice pack or cold compress may be placed on the face over the extraction site for 30 minutes, at 30 minute intervals during the first 24 hours following the extraction.
  7. Eat or drink as desired when anesthesia disappears. Be careful to protect operative site for at least 24 hours.
  8. Patients with “dissolving stitches” may be aware that they come loose and fall out. DO NOT be alarmed! THIS IS NORMAL!
  9. Protect intravenous injection site (usually in arm or hand) from excessive motion or irritation. If arm is accidentally struck and becomes irritated, wrap in warm towel and notify office.
  10. After hours emergency phone calls should be directed to the office telephone number 864-268-6417. Let the phone ring and the answering service will pick up.