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 Shady Grove Periodontal Associates Phone Number 301-869-5595 during regular business hours.

Please have your prescriptions filled prior to your scheduled surgery. Please bring your filled prescriptions with you to your appointment.


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

Blood pressure medication

Please take your blood pressure medication as directed by your physician.

Blood thinner medication

If you are taking Coumadin or another blood thinner, remember to discontinue them as directedPlease call our office with any questions. 

Oral or IV Sedation

If oral or IV sedation is planned you must have a ride to and from the office.  Remember, nothing to eat or drink for six hours prior to your surgery. No alcohol or heavy meals the night before.

Food Suggestions

When preparing a post-op menu, please consider some of the following choices:

  • Ensure/Slim Fast
  • Soups
  • Pudding
  • Rice
  • Apple Sauce
  • Oatmeal
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Jell-O
  • Bananas
  • Yogurt
  • Pasta
  • Milk Shakes
  • Casseroles
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Cottage Cheese