Dental surgery can be a stressful experience, and it's important to know what medications you can take after the procedure. Nausea and vomiting are common side effects of dental implant surgery, and it's best to avoid taking any medications until the nausea subsides. If you've been prescribed pain medications such as hydrocodone or oxycodone, take them with only small sips of water. Steroid medications should not be taken the morning of the procedure, but may be used after surgery.
Over-the-counter Motrin or ibuprofen can be taken every six hours after the procedure, according to the pharmacy's instructions. In some cases, stronger pain medications such as Percocet or Vicodin may be prescribed. It's important to avoid activities that could dislodge the blood clot that is forming in the surgical area. Spitting, using a straw, smoking, and puncturing the area should all be avoided. Smoking can also increase the chances of getting an infection or dry alveolitis.
After any dental or oral surgery, it's important to follow your doctor's instructions for medication and home care.