Pre-operative Surgery Instructions

Before Surgery

The following instructions may be helpful when preparing for your upcoming surgery. Please do not hesitate to call if you have any last minute questions. We can be reached at James Island Family, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry Charleston Office Phone Number 843-795-1111 during regular business hours.

Please bring your filled prescriptions with you to your appointment if your doctor provides you with any.

It may be important to stop taking aspirin and non-steroidals such as Motrin and Advil, 7–10 days prior to your surgery. If you are taking Coumadin or another blood thinner, remember to discontinue them as directed. If you take antibiotic premed, please take it as directed before your surgery. Do NOT eat before your surgery; please discuss what time your last meal and beverage should be consumed with your doctor. We keep the office cool, so dress warmly. You may bring your iPod or MP3 player with you if you like.

In order to evaluate your progress and healing, we will see you for one or more post-operative checks during the first 1–8 weeks. In most cases, after surgery we will also look forward to seeing you back for a periodontal maintenance cleaning and an examination of tissue maturation about 10–12 weeks following the surgery.

Antibiotics | Oral Sedation | IV Sedation | Food Suggestions


Please alert the office to any allergies or sensitivities that you might have to antibiotics. You will be prescribed an antibiotic if our doctor determines it to be necessary. Take as directed until gone. It is advisable not to take these medications on an empty stomach, as nausea may result. For women taking birth control pills, be advised that antibiotics may interfere with their effectiveness.

Oral Sedation

Depending on Dr. Beall, Dr. Christopher, Dr. Blanton or Dr. Madison‘s treatment plan, you may be allowed oral sedatives requiring a ride to and from the office. Please bring your remaining tablets with you.

  • Ativan (Lorazepam)
  • Valium (Diazepam)
  • Triazalam (Halcion)

IV Sedation

  1. Again, do NOT eat or drink anything (including water) for at least 6 hours prior to surgery. However, it is important that you take any regular medications (high blood pressure, antibiotics, etc.) or any pre-medications that we have provided, using only a small sip of water.
  2. For morning appointments, skip breakfast
  3. You MUST have someone to drive you home just like with oral sedation.
  4. Plan to rest for several hours after surgery. Do no operate power tools, machinery, drive, etc. for 24 hours after surgery.

Food Suggestions

When preparing a post-op menu, please consider some of the following choices:

  • Ensure/Slim Fast
  • Soups
  • Pudding
  • Rice
  • Apple Sauce
  • Oatmeal
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Jell-O
  • Bananas
  • Yogurt
  • Pasta
  • Milk Shakes
  • Casseroles
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Cottage Cheese