Post-op Instructions for Extractions

  1. Bleeding: If given gauze, change it every 30-40 minutes until active bleeding has subsided (usually 2-3 hours).Make sure to apply good, firm pressure to the gauze.
  2. You may remove gauze to begin drinking but return fresh gauze to extraction site(s) if bleeding is still present.
  3. It is normal to experience light bleeding for up to 24 hours. If there is severe bleeding follow instructions at the bottom of this form under “Excessive Bleeding”
  4. Do not brush your teeth, rinse your mouth or spit for 24 hours.
  5. DO NOT drink through a straw for 7 days post surgery.
  6. No strenuous exercise for 5 days or until otherwise recommended by your doctor.
  7. Ice packs may be used to reduce swelling. Rotate ice packs on and off, or side to side every 20 minutes for 24 hours.
  8. If you were sedated for your procedure, begin to drink once you arrive home. Start first with clear liquids then gradually advance to soup and soft foods.
  9. If you were sedated for your procedure, do not drive for 24 hours following surgery.
  10. Smoking / Alcohol: Do not smoke or drink alcohol for 7 days following surgery.
  11. Numbness: You will probably remain numb for several hours after surgery, so it is recommended that you begin to drink fluids, and take pain medication (over the counter or prescribed) before the anesthetic wears off (or when you begin to feel a tingling sensation).
  12. Pain: Take Ibuprofen 600mg and Tylenol 500mg every 6 hours OR Ibuprofen 800mg and Tylenol 500mg every 8 hours. No more that 4,000mg of Tylenol should be taken per day. Be aware that some narcotic pain medications might contain Tylenol.
  13. Medications: You may have been given the following medications:
  • Narcotic pain medicine: This should be taken as needed and only when Ibuprofen and Tylenol are not enough to control the pain. While taking prescription pain medication, do not drive or operate heavy machinery. Be sure to eat something prior to taking pain medication to prevent nausea.
  • Antibiotic: If prescribed, this should be taken as directed until gone. Be aware that some antibiotics can reduce the contraceptive effect of birth control pills.  Please contact your gynecologist or pharmacist if you have concerns.