At Contemporary Dentistry, we do everything we can to ensure comfortable, convenient, and, above all, safe surgical procedures. But you have an important role, too. Here are some instructions you should follow to make sure you have the best surgical experience and achieve the best surgical results.
Review Medical History
Before your surgery, Dr. Alessandro Geminiani will review your medical history. Make sure you are prepared to discuss this information. This includes knowing the name and dosage of all medications you take regularly, or have taken the day of your procedure.
This includes not only prescription medication, but also over-the-counter medications and natural supplements.
Make sure you talk to your primary care doctor about the procedure. You will need to know if there are any reasons why you can’t have the procedure, or any modifications to the procedure that might be necessary because of your health or medications. Also make sure your doctor knows about any over-the-counter medications or natural supplements you take regularly so they can factor these in. If you are unable to understand your doctor’s instructions or can’t communicate them clearly to us, give us your doctor’s contact information so we can speak with them directly.
The Day of Your Surgery
A parent or guardian must accompany all minors to their procedure. They must be present to sign release forms, and should stay for the duration of the procedure.
Take all medications as prescribed on the day of your surgery, unless otherwise instructed by your primary care physician or your dentist.
Unless you are having IV sedation, have a normal breakfast (and lunch, if appropriate to the timing of your procedure). When in doubt, err on the side of eating, because you may feel less like eating after your procedure, and nutrition will help you heal.
Instructions for IV Sedation
Do not eat or drink anything for six hours before your appointment.
You should wear loose fitting clothing, such as a comfortable t-shirt and pants. Keep jewelry to a minimum. If you wish, you can wear jewelry to the appointment, then turn over necklaces, earrings, and other items to the responsible adult accompanying you.
You must be accompanied by a responsible adult to the procedure. This person must be committed to staying for the entire appointment and must be with you for several hours after the procedure as you recover.
Plan to take the rest of the day off after your procedure. You will want to avoid intense physical activity after your procedure. You will also want to avoid making any important personal or business decisions.
If you have any questions about your upcoming procedure, please call (585) 244-3337 and ask. We are happy to answer any questions you may have or clarify any instructions. Thank you for choosing Contemporary Dentistry as your Rochester, NY dental home.