Pre-operative Instructions

The following instructions may be helpful when preparing for your upcoming surgery. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any last minute questions. We can be reached at Lexington Office Phone Number 859-268-4407 or through the Contact Us form on our home page.

You should receive your pre/post-operative prescriptions with this instruction sheet. For your convenience, 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.

It may be important to stop taking aspirin and non-steroidals such as Motrin and Advil, a few days prior to your surgery. If you are taking Coumadin or another blood thinner, remember to discontinue them as directed. If you take antibiotic premed, please take it as directed before your surgery.  We keep the office cool, so dress warmly. You may bring your iPod or MP3 player with you if you like.

Based on your procedure you will be instructed on follow-up visits to Dr. Horn or Dr. Piche.  In most cases, after surgery we will also look forward to seeing you back for a periodontal maintenance cleaning.


Please alert the office to any allergies or sensitivities that you might have to antibiotics. You will be prescribed an antibiotic if Dr. Horn or Dr. Piche determine it to be necessary. Be sure to take your antibiotics as directed.  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.


If you elect to use oral sedatives or IV sedation you must have a ride to and from the office. Please bring your remaining tablets with you. Remember, we encourage you TO EAT prior to your surgery.

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