Patients who have undergone IV anesthesia should be carefully monitored by a responsible family member or friend for the first 6 hours after leaving our office. The patient cannot drive for 24 hours or while taking prescribed narcotic pain medication.
PAIN: A certain amount of discomfort is to be expected with any surgical procedure. This varies with the amount of surgery required. Discomfort is usually well-controlled by the prescribed medications. Make sure to eat before taking any narcotic pain medication to prevent nausea, the most common side effect. Take all prescribed pain medication as directed by Dr. McPhillips.
BLEEDING: Bleeding follows any surgical procedure and should not alarm you unless it is excessive or persistent. To control bleeding, we will place a gauze dressing over the surgical site(s) and have the patient apply firm pressure. This pressure will stop the bleeding.
SWELLING & DISCOLORATIONS: These are a normal part of the healing process and, unless extreme, are of no significant concern. Early application of ice can be helpful in decreasing the amount of swelling, which peaks 72 hours after surgery. Place an ice pack to the surgery side of your face in 20-minute intervals for the first 24–36 hours as you feel up to it. Do not continue the ice overnight. Keep your head elevated on 2 pillows. This will also help to reduce the severity of swelling.
ORAL HYGIENE: Keeping your mouth clean will reduce the likelihood of infection. It will be difficult to brush the teeth in the surgery site. Use a dampened Q-tip to clean the incision and the teeth near the surgery site. Brush the remaining teeth as normal. If prescribed a mouth rinse, use this as directed for the first week after surgery.
DIET: For your comfort, start with clear cool liquids after surgery. Your diet can be advanced as you feel up to it once the numbness wears off.
CALL THIS OFFICE REGARDING ANY COMPLICATIONS. These can include but are not limited to a fever over 101.3, discomfort not controlled by prescribed pain medications, prolonged or excessive bleeding, or excessive swelling. After regular business hours, you can contact Dr. McPhillips by calling our office answering service at (254) 965-2541 for any concerns.