Pre-Surgical Instructions

Medications

If your physician requests that you take premedication prior to dental appointments, take it with water prior to a surgical procedure.  Please discuss any questions you may have in this regard with Dr. Colón prior to the surgical appointment date.

Take any prescription medications as you would normally unless otherwise instructed.  When in questions, please ask before the surgical date how you should take your normal prescription medications the day of surgery (Examples: Blood pressure medication).  In most instances we want you to take your normal morning medications with some water, even if you are going to be sedated.  In other instanced we need to coordinate with you and possibly your physician on how to adjust them (Examples: Coumadin, Insulin).  The answer to your questions could vary depending on the type of procedure you are having.

Attire

For a sedation procedure you will need access to your arm for an IV site.  All patients are monitored with blood pressure and other monitoring during surgical care.  Comfortable attire makes this monitoring easier for you.  For all procedures, comfortable attire should be worn.

After Surgery

Following any type of surgery, some discomfort is to be expected.  Please plan on resting the remainder of the day of surgery and the following day or two.  Plan light schedule for 4-5 days following surgery (this is always necessary but should be planned).

If you are to be sedated see the instructions titled Before Anesthesia

Please review your specific Post-Operative Instructions (Dental Implant, Soft tissue graft, Periodontal Surgery) instructions so you can ask any questions you may have before the surgery date.