Surgery is a serious procedure that requires specific preparation, and oral surgery is no exception. It’s critical to treat oral surgery as seriously as you would any other procedure. Preparing properly for your oral surgery can help you avoid complications and navigate the procedure with little difficulty.
Make Plans Before the Procedure. Find out if you’ll need a ride home and make arrangements ahead of time. Find out if you’ll need to miss work for a few days and let your boss know. Shop for any foods you’ll need during your recovery and make sure you have ibuprofen, cold packs, and any other pain-relieving supplies on hand. If your surgeon intends to prescribe medicine, ask if the prescription can be called in so you can pick it up before the procedure. Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare for your operation; use the time leading up to it to set yourself up for a healthy recovery.
Listen To Your Dentist. Pay attention to your dentist’s advice and ask questions regarding the procedure: What need you do to prepare? What can you expect during the healing process? If you’re given instructions, carefully follow them and save a copy in a safe place or have a copy emailed to you so you’ll have it when you need it.
Find Out About Restrictions. It’s generally a good idea to avoid smoking at least 12 hours before your procedure and plan to not smoke for several days after surgery. If you need to be anesthetized, find out if you need to fast beforehand and be sure to follow your dentist’s instructions. You may not be allowed to eat crunchy or acidic foods after your surgery, and you will likely need to avoid alcohol as it can dry out the tissues in your mouth and prevent clotting.
Keep an Eye on Your Health. Make sure you have a good night’s sleep the night before the surgery and stay away from alcohol the day of the procedure. Any health issues or drugs you’re taking should be disclosed to your surgeon in case they impair your operation or recovery. If you’re sick or believe you might be getting a fever before your appointment, call your dentist’s office and let them know. You may need to reschedule until you feel better.
Dress Appropriately. Inquire with your surgeon about things you should not wear during the surgery. Do not wear jewelry or contact lenses, and don’t put on any makeup (although you may want some chapstick or lip balm for after the procedure). Wear something loose-fitting and comfortable with short sleeves so that if you require emergency treatment, it will be easy to access your arms to take your blood pressure or place an IV.
Stay in Touch. Make sure you understand all of the instructions you were given before leaving the dental clinic, as well as how to recognize symptoms that signal complications. Learn who to contact if you experience any adverse effects or difficulties, as well as what to do in the event of an emergency. Don’t be afraid to call your dentist the next day to check in; your dentist will be able to explain what is typical and when treatment is required.
Communication and preparation can ensure proper recovery and help you avoid complications, so ask questions and make a plan in advance. If you are in need of, or have an upcoming oral surgery, contact us and ask how we can help you have a better experience!