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 Albuquerque Office Phone Number 505-275-1662 during regular business hours.

You will receive your pre/post-operative instructions before your surgery is started.  The assistants and Dr. Harrison will review the details with you and make sure that all our your questions are answered.  For your convenience, all necessary prescription medications will be  phoned into the pharmacy of your choice.   

It may be important to stop taking aspirin and non-steroidals such as Motrin and Advil, 7-10 days prior to your surgery. If you are taking Coumadin or another blood thinner, remember to only discontinue them as directed by your physician.  Dr. Harrison will require an INR value (if you are taking Coumadin) the day of your surgery before the procedure is performed. If this value is too high, the procedure will have to be delayed.  If you take an antibiotic premed, please take it as directed before your surgery. You will feel better if you have eaten prior to surgery. We keep the office cool, so dress warmly. You may bring your iPod/iPad 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.


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.

Intravenous Sedation

If you elect to have IV sedation, our in-office Anesthesiologist will be in contact with you prior to your appointment to review your medical history, current medications and go over pre and post operative instructions.  You must have an escort/driver to and from the office.

ORal Sedatives

If you elect to use one of the following oral sedatives you must have an escort/driver to and from the office. Please bring your remaining tablets with you. Remember, we encourage you to eat prior to your surgery.

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

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