Mostly, just do what the dentist tells you to do, and *don't* do what he says not to do.
If you don't have a crown on the tooth, don't suck anything through a straw. You might pull out the clots and get a dry socket, which is no one's idea of fun. They entail lots of antibiotics and a ton of heavy duty painkillers. So don't drink through a straw.
I took my antibiotics like I was supposed to, along with my pain meds. I did what my dentist told me to do and I didn't have any problems. I'd recommend compliance in this case.