Oral Surgery Instructions in Calgary, AB

Preparing for Oral Surgery

We want to make sure that all our patients at Symmetry Dental have a smooth and comfortable oral surgery. There are certain things patients can do to aid in both the pre and post-operative processes. Dr. Adatia and our exceptional team have created a detailed guide for patients undergoing oral surgery. Keep reading below for helpful tips and instructions.

Home Instructions Prior to Oral Surgery

It’s vital that you follow the instructions below. In order to achieve a successful oral surgery, please do the following:

  • Don’t eat or drink anything (including water) for eight hours before your appointment. For morning surgeries, consume no food or liquids after midnight the night before.
  • No smoking for at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop completely one day prior to the surgery. 
  • Have someone you trust accompany you to the office that will safely drive you home after surgery. 
  • Plan to rest for the remainder of your day after surgery. Don’t attempt to drive or operate any vehicles for 24 hours following your procedure. 
  • Please wear loose-fitting clothing with sleeves that can be rolled up past the elbow.
  • Any contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures must be removed at the time of surgery.
  • If you have an illness, such as a cold, sore throat, stomachache, or bowel distress, please notify the office prior to your surgery.  
  • If you take routine oral medications, please check with your doctor for instructions before the date of your surgery.
  • Any use of alcohol or recreational drugs can have an adverse effect on the anesthesia medications that we use. Please discontinue the use of these substances for at least 72 hours prior to your procedure.

Post-Surgery Instructions


Post-operative swelling can take up to three days to reach its maximum effect. To minimize any swelling you encounter, elevate your head on pillows for the first few days. You can apply cold packs to your face for 20 minutes at a time for the first three days. After the first three days, switch to applying heat, gently massaging the cheek, and exercising the jaw by opening and closing your mouth at least three times a day. 


After your surgery, a small amount of bleeding is normal for the first 24 to 48 hours. If the bleeding persists or is excessive, place a one-inch (2.5cm) thick moistened gauze over the bleeding site. Firmly bite for at least 30 minutes and repeat with fresh gauze if necessary. If maintaining a firm bite is difficult or uncomfortable, use your fingers to apply pressure. Alternatively, you can use moistened tea bags if gauze is unavailable. 

Medications & Antibiotics

It’s vital that you take any medications prescribed by Dr. Adatia as directed. If you’re taking birth control pills or if you’ve been prescribed or administered antibiotics, please be aware that the effectiveness of the birth control pills may be compromised. Therefore, you’ll need to rely on other methods of birth control throughout the next complete cycle. 


Upon your arrival home, you can drink clear fluids at room temperature (eg: apple juice or bone broth). Soft foods may be started if tolerable. Some soft foods we recommend include mashed potatoes, fresh pasta, and scrambled eggs. Avoid drinking alcohol for at least 24 hours. Don’t use a straw for at least one week after your surgery as the suction can interfere with stitches and healing wounds. 

Oral Hygiene

Don’t rinse your mouth, brush your teeth, spit, or swish for the rest of the day of your surgery. You can begin rinsing your mouth with warm salt water (or a prescribed mouthwash) the following day as well as resume brushing your teeth with toothpaste, but avoid the surgical sites and adjacent teeth. If you were provided with a Monoject syringe, please use it as directed. Please avoid smoking for the first three days following your surgery. 

Physical Activity

Rest is one of the most important components of your recovery. Please refrain from any strenuous activity for at least one to two days following your procedure. 


Nausea can be a common occurrence after being put under anesthesia. To help alleviate any nausea you may experience, drink ginger-ale or eat soda crackers. Gravol tablets or suppositories may be purchased without a prescription. Be sure to follow the instructions on the packaging. 

Sinus Grafting & Sinus Precautions

If you’ve undergone one of these procedures, please don’t blow your nose or use a straw. Light nosebleeds after your surgery are normal. If you feel any congestion, you can use an over-the-counter decongestant such as Otrivin. If sneezing cannot be prevented, try to sneeze with your mouth open after your surgery.  

Sedation & Anesthesia

After being under anesthesia, your balance, concentration, coordination, and judgment can be impaired for many hours after. Please have someone you trust accompany you to your surgery to ensure you have a safe ride home. Don’t operate any vehicles for the next 24 hours. It’s important to avoid alcohol as well for the first 24 hours as you’ll be more sensitive to the intoxicating effects.

Dr. Adatia is Here for You

By following any pre and post-operative instructions, your oral surgery and recovery should go smoothly. Dr. Adatia and her exceptional team are always here for you to answer any questions or address your concerns.

Don’t hesitate to reach out regarding your oral surgery and recovery process by calling our Calgary office at (403) 271-2661. One of our knowledgeable team members will be happy to assist you.

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