Preoperative Advice

Intravenous Sedation

Before receiving INTRAVENOUS SEDATION, Comply with the following:

  • Be fasting (liquids & foods) for at least 4 hours prior to surgery
  • You must take your medication as usual
  • Do not take any other type of sedative medication on the day of surgery
  • Be accompanied by a responsible adult to return home and for 3 to 4 hours when you have arrived
  • Do not make other appointments on the day of surgery
  • Wear short sleeve garments
  • Do not drive a motorized vehicle for the remainder of the day


Doctors Edger, Caron and Payette passes on to you the following advices for any problems met after the intervention OR they recommend the following directives for any problem directly linked to the surgery.

To control swelling:

Apply ice packs to your cheeks for 24-48 hours at a rate 15-20 minutes per hour. Following this, cold or warm compresses may be applied if you desire. Sleep with your head elevated for the first 48 hours. Swelling may continue for 48 hours and will begin to subside thereafter.

To control pain:

Take your prescribed analgesics regularly to control pain. Do not wait until you have pain. Taper off and stop the analgesics after 48 hours if pain has subsided.

To control any bleeding:

Maintain a constant pressure on the surgical sites via the wet gauzes as you were instructed for about one hour. Repeat only if bleeding persists. Avoid spitting, rinsing, drinking with a straw, smoking or brushing your teeth until the following morning. A good oral hygiene is suggested thereafter.

Diet :

Soft foods are recommended ex: soups, blenderized foods, pastas, eggs, fish, pancakes, etc, for the first 48 hours. You may begin to eat when normal feeling (lip & tongue) has returned.

To maintain or regain normal mouth opening:

Stretch your jaw muscles regularly(several times per hour) immediately after the surgery and continue for the first 48 hours.

Avoid strenuous exercise during the first 48 hours.

The sutures used are self resorbing. Occasionally, these will dissolve within a week and a hole may result. This is normal and it will gradually fill in though normal healing over a few weeks.

Refer to the following phone numbers if you suspect a post-op complication or if you require assistance.

During office hours

Phone: 450 445-5695
Toll free: 1 866 629-4556

After office hours

In case of Emergencies only:

Dr Guy Caron: 514 860-6549

Dr Norman Pierre Edger: 514 361-6312

Dr François Payette: 514 853-1431



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