Multiple Extractions/IV Sedation

  • Read instructions.
  • Stop by pharmacy on the way home.
  • Gently remove gauze when you get home.
  • Start hydrating: water, protein shakes, smoothies, Ensure®, etc.
  • Eat yogurt, pudding, ice cream, apple sauce, Jell-O®, oatmeal, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, etc.
  • Begin your medications as directed.
  • Bleeding is normal. Place folded gauze in extraction site if needed and bite down firmly; change when saturated.
  • No Spitting. No Rinsing. No Straws. No Smoking.
  • While resting, keep head slightly elevated and apply ice packs 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off.
  • Refrain from brushing this evening.
  • Reminder, if prescribed pre-med, continue as directed.
  • Begin saltwater rinsing on day 3.
  • No sports for 7 days.

Single Tooth Extraction/Local Anesthesia

  • Read instructions.
  • Gently remove gauze when you get home.
  • Do not skip any meals. Eat softer foods; chew on other side.
  • Begin your medications as directed.
  • Bleeding is normal. Place folded gauze in extraction site if needed and bite down firmly; change when saturated
  • No Spitting. No Rinsing. No Straws. No Smoking.
  • While resting, keep head slightly elevated and apply ice packs 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off
  • Avoid extraction site while brushing.
  • Begin saltwater rinsing on day 3.

Things to Avoid for the first week:

  • Orange/Tomato Juice
  • Carbonated/Alcoholic Beverages
  • Spicy or Acidic Foods
  • Pizza, Pretzels, Seeds, etc.


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