Pre-Treatment Recommendations for Laser Pocket Surgery (LANAP)

We have scheduled a significant block of time for our team to concentrate on your visit. If you need to reschedule your appointment, please give as much advance notice as possible so that we can utilize this time for another patient. Please understand that this is surgery, but done in a new way with laser technology. Post- operative comfort and healing will best occur if you follow our recommendations:

  • If it is okay with your physician, please avoid taking aspirin for one week prior to your appointment (aspirin can cause easy bleeding). If your physician wishes for you to stay on aspirin or other blood thinners, then please follow the physician’s instructions and inform us of this. It is possible to perform LANAP but may take additional time.
  • Please stop taking any OTC supplements including ginkgo, ginseng, glucosamine/chondroitin, fish-oil, and any other supplement that is not prescribed by a Dr.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine or other stimulants for 24 hours prior to your appointment (alcohol can prevent complete anesthesia or numbing of the treated area and stimulants may interfere with any sedatives used).
  • Take antibiotic pre-medication, if required per your physician and prescribed.
  • Take any prescribed sedatives as directed. If you are prescribed sedatives, you MUST have someone drive you to and from your surgery appointment.
  • Get a good night’s sleep the night before.
  • Eat a good breakfast and/or lunch the day of your appointment.
  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing for your visit.
  • If you are not allergic to Ibuprofen (e.g. Advil,Motrin, Nuprin), it will be prescribed immediately before treatment to minimize tissue swelling and local inflammation. Ibuprofen is a non-narcotic and does not affect your ability to drive.
  • If you feel you would be more comfortable with some form of narcotic pain relievers, please advise us in advance so that we may prescribe the appropriate medication. Narcotic pain relievers are to be taken on an as-needed basis.
  • If antibiotic pills are prescribed, the entire bottle or prescription should be taken for the stated number of days or weeks.
  • If you smoke, please be prepared to quit or use an alternative for at least 3 days (preferably 2 weeks) following surgery. Alternatives may include nicotine patches, electronic cigarettes, xgel (, or a prescription from your physician.
  • If Peridex antimicrobial rinse is prescribed, it should be started the day after surgery and should be used full strength, 2 times per day, for at least two weeks.
  • If you do not have a blender at home, please consider purchasing or borrowing one to help you follow the appropriate diet after surgery.