Adult Sedation Instructions
After An Extraction
- Take prescribed medication as directed
- You will likely be biting on cotton gauze when you leave the office. Keep biting on the gauze until you get home. We have given you some clean extra gauze to take with you. If the area is still bleeding, moisten the clean gauze and apply pressure (biting) for another 20 minutes. If the area is still bleeding after 20 more minutes, bite on a wet tea bag to apply pressure.
- If the bleeding cannot be controlled or persists beyond 10 hours, please call us. Keep in mind: A little bit of blood mixed with saliva can seem like a lot of blood. The socket may weep a little bit of blood for 24-48 hours, which is normal. Don’t be alarmed is there is a small amount of blood on your pillow in the morning.
- Your mouth will be numb after the extraction. Be careful not to bite your cheeks, lip or tongue. It’s best to wait until the numbness is gone before eating.
- Take your pain medications as prescribed. It is a good idea to start them before the freezing wears off. That way they’re working in your system when the freezing comes out.
- You may want to apply a cold compress (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off) for the first 24 hours to decrease swelling, pain, and bleeding.
- Drink plenty of liquids and eat a balanced diet. Try to avoid any hot liquids as this can burn a numb area, and heat can also increase bleeding. Warm soup is a good meal for the day of an extraction.
- For the first 24 hours, don’t do any heavy rinsing, spitting, or sucking through a straw. Leave the area alone as much as possible to let the blood clot stabilize.
- You should never smoke again, but if you must, wait as long as possible.
- After the first 24 hours, gently rinse with salt-water every 2-4 hours for 4-5 days. Mix 1 teaspoon of salt with 1 cup of warm water.
- If stitches were placed, they will dissolve in a few days.
Call us if you have:
- severe pain that is not controlled by medication
- uncontrolled bleeding
- pain or swelling that worsens after 3 days
- nausea, vomiting or fever
- any questions
Over-the-counter pain medications that work well are:
- 1000mg Acetaminophen (ie. 2 Extra Strength Tylenol) every 4-6 hrs
- 400mg Ibuprofen (ie. 2 Regular Strength Advil) every 4-6 hrs
Do not hesitate to call us at any time if you have any questions or concerns.
Smileworx Dental: 905-845-5566
Dr. James Younger (cell): 905-730-3368