Home Care Instructions

Your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be slightly tender for several days as a result of manipulation during treatment and previous condition of your tooth. This tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm. Do not chew food on the affected side until your endodontic therapy is completed and your tooth is covered with a protective restoration provided by your restorative dentist. You may continue your regular dental hygiene regimen. Discomfort may be alleviated by taking ibuprofen (Advil), aspirin, or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed.

NOTE: Alcohol intake is not advised while taking any of these medications. Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the above listed medications, or should swelling develop, please contact this office immediately.

If you have any questions, please call our office at Olympia Office Phone Number Olympia Office Phone Number 360-459-3636

For emergencies, after business hours and weekend please call 360-489-9488.  These calls are answered between 8 AM until 8 PM at night.

After Surgery

Instructions Following Endodontic Surgery

Avoid strenuous activities and unnecessary lifting for the remainder of the day.

The most important thing you can do after your procedure is to apply pressure with your fingers over the surgical site for 30 seconds every hour for the rest of the day. This will help the gum attached to the bone and reduce swelling and infection. Do not lift your lit up to look at the sutures because this pulls the gum away from the bone and lengthens the time for healing.

During the first day, only eat foods that will not require vigorous chewing. DO NOT RINSE YOUR MOUTH ON THE DAY OF SURGERY.

You should continue to brush your teeth in the treated area, NOT including the gums. Do not use dental floss or a water irrigation device. Starting the day after surgery, gently rinse the treated area with warm salt water after meals. Use one-half teaspoon of salt in a large glass of warm water.

Return to the office for suture removal as directed.

Our office will handle any questions you may have, and our staff will be happy to assist you

Post-operative infections

Post-operative infections occasionally occur. This usually requires just an office visit and examination. Many times placing you on an antibiotic for one week will take care of the infection Occasionally, other follow-up procedures will be needed.

If you have any questions, please call our office at Olympia Office Phone Number Olympia Office Phone Number 360-459-3636

Instructions Prior to conscious Sedation

Important Instructions and reminders before your sedation appointment:

  1. You should not drink alcohol or caffeinated beverages for 24 hours prior to your appointment.
  2. You should also not eat or drink anything for 6 hours before your appointment, nor should you take any medication not approved by the doctor prior to your appointment.
  3. You should not drink or eat grapefruit juice or eat any grapefruit product for 7 days prior to your appointment.
  4. Take your sedation medication as prescribed on the packets.
  5. Have your companion bring you to our office promptly at the time of your appointment.
  6. Absolutely no driving yourself!
  7. We suggest that you wear comfortable clothing and ask that you leave all jewelry at home (watches, rings, necklaces.)
  8. We ask that you leave all mobile devices at home or with your companion when you arrive at the office.

Our office will handle any questions you may have, and our staff will be happy to assist you.

Instructions After Sedation

Important Instructions and reminders after your sedation appointment:

A responsible adult should be with the patient until he/she has fully recovered from the effects of the medication. The patient cannot drive or operate any hazardous devices for at least 24 hours after taking the sedation medication.

Getting proper nutrition after sedation is essential. The patient should begin eating and drinking plenty of fluids as soon as possible. The patient should not carry, sleep next to, or be left alone with young children for no less than 24 hours after the last dosage of medication. The patient may seem alert when he/she leaves- this may be misleading, so do not leave the patient alone.

The companion should always hold the patient’s arm when walking, and the patient should not go up and down stairs unattended. If possible, let the patient stay on the ground floor.

Our office will handle any questions you may have, and our staff will be happy to assist you.