"The doctor was very efficient during the procedure.  I felt no pain before or after the treatment!" -Juan

What to expect

During your initial appointment, our doctor will perform a thorough assessment of your tooth, make a diagnosis, and explain your treatment options in simple, easy-to-understand language. Usually we can complete your root canal treatment at the same day. A complex medical history or a more complex treatment plan may require an additional appointment. 


Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:


  • Your referral slip and current X-rays if applicable.

  • A list of medications you are presently taking.

  • If you have medical or dental insurance, bring your insurance cards. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.

IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation visit.


Nitrous oxide (commonly referred to as "gas") is available in our office.  If you would like to use it, please let us know.


Please alert the office if you have a change in your medical condition that may be of concern prior to treatment (i.e., diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you have a change with any medications (i.e., heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.).




If your dentist or physician has taken x-rays, please request that they forward them to our office. If additional films are necessary, they can be taken at our facility.


After the treatment


We will provide you with comprehensive information on what to expect after your treatment, care instruction of the treatment side and helpful tips to ensure a quick and comfortable recovery. 




What to expect: Oral Surgery

Oral surgery may sound scary, but it is actually quite common and most procedures only require one to two days of recovery. Most often, oral surgery will be necessary to extract impacted or injured teeth, though surgery may also repair the jawbone, graft gum tissue, or repair damaged teeth in certain situations. At Parkside Endodontics, Oral Surgery and Periodontics, we provide a wide range of oral surgery services to care for your smile when you need treatment beyond regular cleanings and checkups.


Before oral surgery, Dr. Lopez will discuss your sedation options to keep you comfortable during the procedure. In many cases, local anesthesia and nitrous oxide will be sufficient, but stronger sedatives can be an option for more extensive surgeries or patients with dental anxiety. 


Local Anesthesia OR Local Anesthesia with Nitrous Oxide
  • You may eat or drink prior to your procedure. 

  • If you use prescription medications, take them on your normal schedule. 

  • No escort necessary - you can drive yourself home following the procedure. 


Local Anesthesia with Oral (tablet) Sedation
  • You may eat or drink prior to your procedure. 

  • If you use prescription medications, take them on your normal schedule. 

  • You will need an escort to drive you home following your surgery.

  • This person should come with you remain in the office during the entire procedure. 


IV Sedation
  • Do not eat or drink (including water) past midnight the night before your procedure. 

  • If you use prescription medications, take them on you normal schedule using as little water as possible. 

  • Wear short-sleeved loose fitting clothing. 

  • You will need an escort to drive you home following your surgery.

  • This person should remain in the office during the entire procedure. 

What to expect: Periodontal Surgery


Sedation Medication

(if prescribed prior to surgery by Dr. Spencer)

Take the Xanax sedation med, as directed on the separate Prescription Medication List, one hour prior to surgery. If Halcion sedation med was prescribed, then take it as directed. Follow directions on the Med List sheet for taking Dexamethasone or Ansaid, if either of these drugs were prescribed to be taken prior to surgery appointment.


Designated Driver

Be advised that this  sedative drug will affect  senses / memory for as much as a 24 hours, so you must have a Designated Driver who is a responsible and physically capable adult to bring/drive you to our office. Do not  drive, take a taxi, or  bus. Make arrangements  for this person not only to drive you to and from the office, but also to take care of you during the entire time that your senses are affected, and to be able to assist you in/out of the car and to/from your house and dental office. Be sure your driver knows the office location and correct appointment  time, in advance and prior to taking your medication.


If your surgery is scheduled in the morning, have nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before, unless you have been prescribed Dexamethasone to help limit swelling (which this drug can cause nausea if taken on empty stomach. So take the Dexamethasone with a piece of toast or something light 1.5 hour prior to surgery). If your surgery is in the afternoon, you may have something

light to eat before 8:30 am.


On the day of surgery, it is suggested that you wear loose fitting clothing and comfortable shoes. Contact lens should be removed prior to taking sedation medicine. Leave all valuables at home.

Patient Medications

Take all prescribed medication from you physician (such as blood pressure medicine, diabetic meds, etc.) as normal and do not discontinue, unless instructed otherwise by Dr. Spencer. Sometimes, with permission from a patient's physician, and if discussed by Dr. Spencer with you prior to the perio surgery appointment, it might be suggested to discontinue a certain drug, such as a blood thinner or anti-inflammatory medicine, but only if pertinent to your situation and was previously discussed.

Let us assure you that we are with you every step of the way! We understand that any kind of dental surgery is causing fear and anxiety in most people and also raises many questions about the surgery itself, how to best prepare for it and how to manage the hours and days afterward. 


Throughout our website, we tried to address as many of those concerns and questions but we invite you to please contact us with any additional questions or concerns you might have. Below we list 'What to expect' for each dental specialty:


Oral Hygiene Tip

While brushing the outside surfaces of your teeth, position the brush at a 45-degree angle where your gums and teeth meet.



What to expect: Endodontics 


Parkside Dental Specialty

10001 South Interstate 35

Suite 350

Austin, TX 78747

Phone: (512) 280-1216

Fax: (512) 280-1217

Email: parkside@parkside-specialty.com


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