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Please make sure to take your blood pressure and all your regular medications with a small sip of water. If you have questions regarding what medications you should take, please check with the doctor prior to your surgical date for instructions.
Smoking/ E-Cigarettes/ Alcohol/ Marijuana
- There are NO smoking/e-cigarettes for 72 hours prior to surgery. We also recommend not to smoke/e-cig/vape for 2 weeks afterward. Do NOT drink alcohol for at least 7 days following your surgery. Smoking and/or alcohol delay wound healing and are the major causes of dry sockets and infections; these are very painful. Nicotine patches are an acceptable alternative.
- If having IV sedation, smoking can cause major breathing complications while sedated.
- Even though medical marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, it is dangerous when mixed with sedations. NO marijuana use in any form or illicit substances for 7 days prior to sedation.
Before IV Sedation
Before Nitrous Oxide
Following surgery, you should drink plenty of fluids with an emphasis on water. Do not suck fluids through a straw. Avoid all carbonated beverages for 72 hours. Avoid foods that require chewing while you are still numb, or you may inadvertently bite yourself. Begin with softer foods and then return to a normal diet as it becomes comfortable to do so (usually 7 days).
NO SPITTING, NO STRAWS, NO HOT TEMPERATURE FOODS/ LIQUIDS FOR 7 DAYS.
These will cause bleeding and throbbing pain.