We have provided the following instructions to help you prepare for your upcoming periodontal surgery in Ogden, Utah. If you have questions, please contact our office at 801-394-6651 to speak with our periodontist or a member of our team.

Unless directed otherwise, feel free to eat before your surgery – this often helps patients to feel better during and after their appointment.

We keep the temperature of our office cool, and recommend that you dress warmly for your appointment.

You are welcome to bring your iPod or MP3 player with you to your appointment.

Prescriptions Medications for Pre-Existing Conditions

Prior to your appointment with Dr. Aaron T. Ward you should have received any pre- or post-operative prescriptions. Please fill these prescriptions before your scheduled surgery, and bring them with you to your appointment.

If you are taking a blood thinner, obtain an INR score the morning of your surgery. You will NOT need to discontinue your use of this medication, as it can increase the risk of other complications.

If you take an antibiotic, please take it as directed before your surgery.


If you have any allergies or sensitivity to antibiotics, please inform our office so that we can avoid any potential complications. If necessary, our periodontist will prescribe an antibiotic, which you should take as directed until it is gone. We strongly recommend that you take your antibiotics with food, as they can cause nausea when ingested on an empty stomach.

If you are a woman taking birth control pills, please be aware that these antibiotics may interfere with their effectiveness.


If you choose an oral conscious sedation treatment, you will need to have someone drive you to and from your appointment. Please take your oral sedation tablets as directed, and bring any remaining tablets with you.

If you are receiving IV sedation for your procedure, do not eat for at least 8 hours prior to the surgery. Follow all instructions provided to you by our office. If you are receiving oral sedation, please feel free to eat before your procedure.

Our practice offers the following oral sedation options:

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

Planning Meals for After Your Surgery

When planning your meals for after your surgery, you may consider some of the following options:

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

Feel free to contact our office if you have any questions about your pre-operative surgical instructions.