Prescription info

Below is some additional information on prescriptions that Dr. Johnson commonly prescribes.
Be sure to follow the prescriptions that you have been given.

Penicillin VK* 500 mg. Start the day before the procedure and take until all tablets are gone.

Ibuprofen 800 mg. Take until all tablets are gone. This is for relief of mild to moderate pain and swelling after the procedure.

Ultracet (tramadol/acetaminophen)* For relief of moderate to severe pain after the procedure.

Decadron 4mg. This is a steroid that helps with inflammation. Take 1 upon arriving home after surgery and the other the next morning.

Valium (diazepam) 5mg. This is for anxiety. Do not drive, operate machinery, or make important decisions for 6 hours after taking this medication.

Zofran 8mg. This is only needed if you experience nausea after the procedure. If nausea is anticipated, this can be prescribed at the pre-operative appointment at your request. Many times, nausea is the result of taking Ultracet or Norco (hydrocodone)

*Penicillin allergy substitute: Clindamycin (cleocin) 300 mg.
*Norco 5 (hydrocodone/acetaminophen) 
This is a narcotic and can be habit-forming. On rare occasions this may be given instead of Ultracet, but is usually not necessary.  It is also more regulated, therefore can only be given with a specific handwritten script.  Only take as necessary for moderate to severe pain relief after the procedure. If you experience nausea and/or vomiting after taking Norco, do not take another dose until the following day. Substitute with over-the-counter Tylenol (acetaminophen) in the meantime. Do not take tylenol and Norco or Ultracet at the same time.

I was referred to Dr. Johnson to have my wisdom teeth extracted about 4 years ago. I was very nervous about the procedure due to my fear of needles and anything dental related. The thought of being sedated was a little overwhelming for me. On the day of surgery the scariest part for me was starting the IV and I really didn’t even feel it. I do not remember anything during surgery and am pleased to say after following his very detailed instructions for at home care I had very little pain or discomfort. During this whole experience, I discovered how interesting dentistry was. As soon as I got home I researched how to become a dental assistant and long story short, I got the amazing opportunity to start working for him less than a year later. I have had the privilege to have him as my personal dentist and teacher. I had the chance to work for him for about 2 years before having to move for my husbands job. I never would have thought that going to the dentist would end in a career choice. I can honestly say he is a great Doctor and I would definitely recommend him to anyone.

- Linda