Instructions Following Restorative Treatment
YOU ARE LEGALLY IMPAIRED FOR 24 HOURS FOLLOWING A GENERAL ANESTHETIC
OR IV SEDATION. DO NOT DRIVE OR OPERATE HAZARDOUS MACHINERY.
1. Oral Hygiene
You may start rinsing gently with warm salt water. Gently brush and floss all teeth increasing to normal thoroughness over the next week.
2. Diet / Activity
Rest and nutrition are important components of healing. Begin drinking clear fluids shortly after your procedure (Gatorade® and Powerade® are ideal). If tolerated, progress to a bland diet the first day. You may eat a normal diet the next day.
You may feel tired and achy after a general anesthetic. This is less common after IV sedation. Avoid strenuous exercise. A quiet evening of rest will allow your body to begin to heal.
3. Fillings and Root Canals
If you had fillings placed, avoid chewing on the new fillings for 24 hours to allow them to harden. Your bite may require adjusting. This procedure takes 5 - 10 minutes and does not require any anesthetic. Please call the office if your bite feels high following your surgery. You may be sensitive to hot and cold but this typically subsides in 2 - 4 weeks.
It is not uncommon to experience discomfort after a root canal procedure. This may last a week or longer. Your dentist has prescribed analgesics. Please take these as directed to minimize pain. Approximate time of first post-operative analgesic.
Your dentist has prescribed antibiotics to reduce the risk of dental infection. It is important that you take these as directed until they are finished.
6. It is very important that our office is notified of any unexpected admissions to hospital within 10 days of your dental procedure.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the office at:
780-413-0824, toll free 1-888-322-2161