Pre-operative Instructions

Sedation Patients:

  • Must have driver to and from all oral and IV sedation appointments appointment. 
  • IV sedation patients – No eating 4 hours prior to surgery appointment.
  • Oral sedation patients – Light meal (no carbohydrates) prior to appointment.


  • If possible please pick up prescriptions prior to appointment. 
  • Please alert the office to any allergies or sensitivities to antibiotics. 
  • Pre-med – please take as directed before appointment. 
  • Stop aspirin and any blood thinners (Coumadin, etc.) as directed 7-10 days prior to appointment. 

Food preparation for post surgery.

  • Please stock food in preparation for after surgery care.
  • Cold soft foods for the first three days after surgery will help reduce swelling and discomfort. 
Protein shakes
Cottage cheese
Apple sauce

Pinterest has many good cold, and soft food options 

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 Spokane Phone Number 509-838-4321 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.

It may be important to stop taking aspirin and non-steroidals such as Motrin and Advil, 7-10 days prior to your surgery. If you are taking Coumadin or another blood thinner, remember to discontinue them as directed. If you take antibiotic pre-med, please take it as directed before your surgery. 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 a 10-14 day post-operative and 4-6 week follow up check. 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.


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.

Oral Sedatives

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, only a light meal, no carbohydrates prior to surgery.

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

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
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Cottage Cheese