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 Rutland Office Phone Number 802-775-7440 during regular business hours.
You should receive your pre/post-operative prescriptions with this instruction sheet. For your convenience, please have them filled prior to your scheduled surgery, unless they have been previously phoned into the pharmacy of your choice. Please bring your filled prescriptions with you to your appointment.
We do not advise you to stop taking blood thinners such as Coumadin, Plavix, Xarelto, aspirin and non-steroidals such as Motrin and Aleve prior to your surgery as the lasers that we use can treat excessive bleeding if necessary. It is also healthier for you to continue your prescription blood thinners without interruption and further laboratory testing. If you take an antibiotic premedication for joint replacement prosthesis or heart valve issues, please take it as directed before your surgery. If you have any questions about your premedication, please call us. You will feel better if you have eaten prior to surgery. 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 several post-operative checks during the first 1-6 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.
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. It is always advisable to take a good quality probiotic following antibiotic therapy to replenish the healthy gut bacteria.
If you elect to use one of the following oral sedatives 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)
When preparing a post-op menu, please consider some of the following choices:
- Ensure/Slim Fast
- Apple Sauce
- Macaroni & Cheese
- Mashed Potatoes
- Yogurt, ice cream
- Milk Shakes
- Cottage Cheese