Preparing for a surgical procedure

Whether with or without sedation, a surgical procedure requires careful preparation from both the doctor and the patient.


List of recommendations for adults

Before an implantation appointment

Be sure to let us know if you are pregnant, have allergies, are on medication, or currently have any diseases.

Cold symptoms

If you experience cold symptoms or other ailments before the procedure, be sure to let us know.

Health problems

Let us know in advance about your current medications, chronic diseases and other medical conditions.

Oral hygiene

It is very important to remove soft and hard dental plaque – tartar – before the procedure.


On the day of the implantation, use as little make-up as possible, as this can make it difficult to disinfect the skin.

Before treatment with sedation

Stop eating six hours before the procedure, and stop drinking four hours before the procedure.


List of recommendations before treatment with sedation for children

Food and drink

Stop eating six hours before the procedure, and stop drinking four hours before the procedure. Breast milk is considered solid food.

Cold symptoms

If your child experiences cold symptoms or other ailments before the procedure, be sure to let us know.


If your child is taking medication, be sure to inform the anaesthetist and specify the time when the medication was last taken.


Have an extra set of clothes so you can change your child if necessary.

Tests before sedation

Have the necessary tests done at least two days before sedation. Your child will need general blood and blood coagulation tests for inhalation sedation, plus an electrocardiogram (ECG) for intravenous sedation.

Food after sedation

Do not give your child food or liquids immediately after the procedure, as it may cause nausea. Sipping water is permitted. Avoid fatty, hard-to-digest foods on the first day.


Take pain medication as needed or as directed by your doctor.

The next day

The day after sedation, we recommend keeping the child from engaging in strenuous activities. Do not leave the child without adult supervision.

After tooth extraction with sedation

Do not let the child eat for about two hours, and then avoid hard and hot food. In the evening, make sure the child brushes his or her teeth carefully and skips mouthwash. Do not allow strenuous physical activity.

The first day

The first day after implantation


After implantation, you may experience bleeding for a few hours. This will make your saliva pink.


To reduce the swelling once you are back home, hold an ice pack wrapped in a towel to the cheek in the operated area for 20 minutes, with 20 minute breaks in between sessions. Keep repeating this for a few hours. The swelling will be the worst on the second or third day after surgery.


Take all of the oral medication prescribed 2-3 times a day starting on the first day after the surgery. Take it for 2-5 days, for as long as you are in pain.


Take antibiotics if your doctor has prescribed them.


Care onwards


Rinse your mouth throughout the week with the mouthwash prescribed (0.12-0.2% chlorhexidine, Eludril).


If you have absorbable sutures, they do not need to be removed. Otherwise, we will make an appointment for you to remove them.

Physical exertion

Do not do physical work; spend more time in a sitting position, and when you lie down, use a second pillow to keep your head higher.

Food and drink

Avoid alcohol for five days (while you are on antibiotics).

Oral hygiene

Proper oral hygiene will speed up healing. In the first days after surgery, be careful not to damage the operated area and sutures – brush your teeth gently and rinse with mouthwash more often. After a few days, feel free to clean the operated area and the dental implant heads with a soft brush.


Do not exercise for the first week.

Smoking and alcohol

Do not smoke for at least two weeks after implantation, as this can inhibit the healing process. Avoid alcohol for one week.

Periodic prophylaxis

After dental implantation, visit the doctor as a preventive measure at least every six months. The doctor will check your oral hygiene during the appointment, and perform a follow-up panoramic X-ray and tooth examination once per year.