After Intravenous Anesthesia Sedation
- Maintain gentle pressure on the area of surgery by biting on gauze. Keep steady pressure for 30-45 minutes after procedure. Some oozing is to be expected but if bleeding persists, repeat keeping steady pressure on area for 30-45 minutes with gauze pack.
- Some discomfort is normal, but it may be reduced by using medications as instructed.
- To help keep swelling to a minimum, apply ice packs to the areas for periods of 20 minutes on, 10 minutes off. Ice should not be used after the first 48 hours. Swelling takes 48-72 hours to peak, and will subside over the first week. Rest with your head elevated to further reduce swelling and discomfort.
- Do not rinse the mouth on the day of surgery. The next day you may use a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water 4 times a day and continue for one week. You may also brush your teeth, using care in the area of surgery. A clean mouth feels better and heals faster.
- Adequate diet is extremely important to your recovery. Even if you find that your regular diet is too difficult, soft foods and liquids are always possible and should begin immediately after surgery. No sharp or hard foods (popcorn, chips, seeds, nuts) are recommended.
- Do not drink with a straw or spit for the first 48 hours after surgery.
- Do not smoke for the first 72 hours after surgery.
- Do not drive a car or operate machinery for at least 24 hours after surgery or while you are taking prescribed pain medications.