Many patients opt to undergo their periodontal surgery under conscious sedation, also known as sleep dentistry.
Recovery from the medications administered by one of our Registered Nurse’s takes several hours and during this time you must be accompanied by a care-giver to ensure your safety.
To care for your companion after dental surgery under sedation, please follow these steps:
1. PLAN AHEAD
– Time Off: The effects of sedation may last up to 12 hours after completion of the surgery and it is important for the caregiver not to leave them unattended throughout this period.
– Meal Planning: Have nutritious foods readily available in your kitchen for the patient’s temporary soft food diet.
– Comfort and Cleanliness: The sedation medication used will cause the patient to feel groggy and we suggest they sleep in freshly washed sheets and pillowcases.
– Medications: Any prescriptions should be filled and picked up before taking the patient home. If you prefer, we can call the prescription into the patient’s pharmacy and they may have it delivered to your home in many cases.
– Transportation: If the patient is larger than you, you may require some assistance in transporting them from the car to their bed. Arrange assistance from a friend or neighbour in advance.
2. THE DAY OF
– The effects of sedation will make the patient appear “drunk”. Assist them from the car and as they walk to their bed where they will most likely sleep for the rest of the day.
– It is best to avoid as many stairs as possible, this may require setting up a temporary sleeping area on the main floor of your home in advance.
– If the patient has a procedure where gauze is required, ensure that it is only applied when the patient is awake. They should not sleep with gauze on the healing site.
3. IMPORTANT PRECAUTIONS
– Do not allow the patient to drive for 24 hours
– Do not allow the patient to use electronic devices or the phone. Do not allow the patient to work, sign document, shop online, or make any important decisions for 24 hours.
The sedation medication has an amnesiac effect; therefore, the patient may or may not have any memory of their experiences over the next 12-24 hours.
Thank you in advane for being a helpful caregiver.
Proper care after your periodontal surgery will help your mouth to heal quickly. This includes a healthy, soft food diet.
At first, your temporary soft food diet may seem challenging, but with some planning you can ensure that you have all of the nutrients you’ll need for your body to heal quickly.
As soon as you are able (after your local anesthetic has worn off), start drinking nutritious fluids such as real fruit juices, milk, milkshakes, and fruit and vegetable smoothies.
REMEMBER: Do not drink from a straw for at least two weeks. The suction and force created when using a straw will be disruptive to the sutures and the delicate healing tissues.
A general rule of thumb for the first two weeks following periodontal surgery is to avoid any foods that take more than 3 chews to swallow.
Avoid hot food or drink for the first two weeks. The heat of your food can increase the flow of blood to the area and can cause your surgical site to bleed.
Just because your diet is of a soft consistency, it is still important to eat a variety of nutritious foods. Below are some general guidelines according to Health Canada’s Food Guide and some examples of food choices.
Fruit & Vegetables
Consume at least 7 servings of soft fruit and well-cooked vegetables per day:
- apple sauce
- stewed or canned fruit
- well cooked or pureed vegetables (potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, turnip, other root vegetables)
Two servings of tender protein:
- flakey fish served without a crispy coating
- well-cooked poultry cut into small, bite-sized pieces
- baked beans
- Greek yogurt
Milk & Dairy
Two servings of milk or dairy products:
- calcium-fortified soy or almond milk
- ice cream/frozen yogurt
- fruit sorbet
- soft cheeses such as cottage cheese
Chose whole grain foods over processed, simple carbohydrates:
- cream of wheat
- cereals without nuts or dried fruit
- whole-grain pastas or noodles
- soft bread without hard crust
Make water your drink of choice. It is important to stay hydrated.
Avoid alcohol and tobacco as much as possible during the healing period.