Pre-operative Instructions

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 Kankakee Phone Number 815-932-0554815-464-3001, 630-573-0369 during regular business hours.

  • Men, please come clean-shaven, or if necessary, make sure to thoroughly wash your face and facial hair with soap and water. Women, please do not wear and facial makeup such as concealer or foundation. Please also refrain from wearing lose jewelry.
  • Take all medications as directed that you would normally use for other medical reasons. If you take antibiotic premed, please take it as directed before your surgery. Be sure Dr. Dubravec is aware of all medications you have taken in the preceding 24 hours.
  • It may be important to stop taking aspirin, fish oil and non-steroidals such as Motrin and Advil, 5-7 days prior to your surgery, unless prohibited from doing so by your physician. If the latter situation arises, please inform our office immediately.
  • If you are taking Coumadin or another blood thinner, remember to discontinue them as directed. The discontinuation of this drug must be coordinated closely with your physician and Dr. Dubravec. Do not stop any medications unless told to do so by your physician, Dr. Dubravec.
  • If you have received your pre/post-operative prescriptions, please have them filled prior to your scheduled surgery, unless they have been previously phoned into the pharmacy of your choice. Please bring your filled prescriptions with you to your appointment.
  • We keep the office cool, so dress warmly. Blankets will be provided for your comfort if requested. 
  • 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 weekly post-operative checks during the first 1-5 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

Please alert the office to any allergies or sensitivities that you might have to antibiotics. You will be prescribed an antibiotic if Dr. Dubravec 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.

Sedatives

If you elect to use one of the following oral sedatives you must have a ride to and from the office. Someone should also be able to stay with you for several hours after surgery since the effect of sedative drugs lasts 2-6 hours following surgery. Please bring your remaining tablets with you. We encourage you not to eat or drink anything 6 hours prior to your surgery.

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