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Pre-Op Instructions

Taking the step towards oral surgery is often a well-informed decision, but it’s important to remember that a successful outcome begins even before you step into the operating room.

Following pre-operative instructions diligently plays a crucial role in ensuring your safety and comfort, both physically and mentally, before, during, and after your procedure.

Think of these instructions as your personal roadmap to a smooth recovery. By adhering to them, you’re actively contributing to a positive surgical experience. They help:

  • Optimize your physical health: Following fasting guidelines, medication adjustments, and dietary recommendations prepares your body for the demands of surgery and promotes optimal healing afterward.
  • Minimize complications: Sticking to smoking and alcohol restrictions reduces risks associated with anesthesia and enhances tissue healing.
  • Ease anxiety and prepare your mind: Understanding what to expect and having clear instructions helps reduce preoperative stress and promotes a sense of control.
  • Contribute to successful surgery: Following these guidelines allows your surgeon to focus on performing the procedure effectively, knowing you’ve prepared for the journey ahead.

Remember, pre-operative instructions are not simply a checklist; they are your partner in achieving a successful and comfortable surgical experience. Embrace them as an opportunity to actively participate in your own well-being and pave the way for a smooth recovery.

General Pre-Op Instructions


Depending on your specific procedure, you may need to fast for a set number of hours before surgery. This means avoiding all solid foods and most liquids (except clear liquids like water).

We’ll provide you with specific fasting guidelines based on your procedure. Remember, following these instructions helps prevent nausea, vomiting, and complications during anesthesia.


Some medications may need to be adjusted or discontinued before surgery. Please inform us of all medications you are taking, including prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal supplements. We will work with you to determine if any adjustments are necessary to ensure your safety during surgery.

Quitting Smoking and Alcohol

Both smoking and alcohol consumption can negatively impact your healing and increase the risk of complications. We strongly encourage you to stop smoking and avoid alcohol for at least two weeks before your surgery.

Comfort and Safety During Surgery

Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing that allows easy access to the surgical area. Please remove any jewelry or piercings to facilitate the procedure.

Arrange for responsible transportation home after surgery, as you may experience drowsiness from medication. This ensures your safety and comfort during your recovery.

Remember, these pre-operative instructions are guidelines for a successful and comfortable surgical experience. We will provide additional, specific instructions if needed.

Other Items

Anesthesia: Rest assured, we will discuss your anesthesia options and answer any questions you may have about the process.

Pain Management: We are committed to managing your post-operative pain effectively. Your doctor will discuss your pain management plan and provide prescriptions or recommendations for over-the-counter medication.

Recovery Expectations: Every recovery is unique, but we will provide you with a general timeline and specific instructions on what to expect during your healing process. Remember, communication is key! Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any concerns or questions after surgery.

Beyond the essentials, here are some additional tips for a smooth pre-operative experience:

  • Get a good night’s sleep: Being well-rested helps your body cope with the surgery and recovery process.
  • Pack comfortable clothes: Wear loose-fitting clothing that is easy to remove and put on after surgery.
  • Leave valuables at home: Avoid bringing jewelry, expensive electronics, or other valuables to the surgery center.
  • Remember, positive thoughts go a long way! Approach your surgery with optimism and trust in our team to guide you through every step of the journey.

We are here to ensure your comfort and well-being before, during, and after your surgery. By following these tips and adhering to our pre-operative instructions, you can set yourself up for a successful and comfortable experience.

Additional Information

We understand that undergoing oral surgery can raise anxieties and questions. But remember, taking the time to prepare and follow these pre-operative instructions is not just a checklist, it’s your personal roadmap to a smooth and successful surgery experience.

By diligently adhering to these guidelines, you’re actively contributing to your own well-being. You’re ensuring your body is in its optimal state for surgery, minimizing potential complications, and setting the stage for a comfortable recovery.

However, we understand that questions and concerns are natural. We encourage you to reach out to us before or after your surgery. No question is too small or too big. Our team is here to listen, provide clear answers, and address any anxieties you may have.

At Advanced Surgical Associates, your safety and comfort are our top priorities. We are committed to providing safe and compassionate care throughout the entire surgical process. From your initial consultation to your post-operative follow-up appointments, our team is dedicated to supporting you every step of the way.

If you have questions, call our Tewskbury office at (978) 851-5200 or our Portsmouth office at (603) 501-1810.


Meet Our Oral Surgeons

Dr. Daniel Jeong

Dr. Daniel Jeong graduated from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry and completed his specialty training in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine and Boston Medical Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

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