Caretaker tips (for the first 24 hours):

  • The patient may be very sleepy or very alert, so it’s important to stay with them throughout the first 24 hours.
  • They might have difficult walking after sedation, so assist them gently.
  • Ensure that the patient does not operate a motorized vehicle, machinery or hazardous device.
  • Do not let the patient go up/down stairs unattended.
  • Ensure that the patient drink plenty of fluids.
  • Call us if you have questions or difficulties.
  • If you feel the patient is experiencing dangerous symptoms, take them to the nearest emergency room.

Special considerations:

If you had a bone graft:

  • It is normal to find white sand-like particles.
  • Do not vigorously rinse or spit for the first two weeks.
  • Do not apply pressure with your tongue or fingers to the grafted area during the healing process.
  • Do not lift or pull on your lip to look at the sutures, as this can cause damage to the wound site and/or tear the sutures.

If you had a sinus lift:

  • Do not blow your nose.
  • Do not suck liquids with a straw.
  • Take your antibiotics as directed.
  • Slight nosebleeds are normal during the first few days.
  • Do not smoke or chew tobacco, as this greatly inhibits the healing process.
  • Do not lift or pull on your lip to look at the stitches, as this can cause damage to the wound site and/or tear the stitches.