How to Prepare For Your Oral Surgery

Regardless of what the problem is, you want to always make sure you're ready for your surgery day. Here's how you can prepare for your oral surgery.

Everyone hopes they never have to go through a dental procedure invasive enough to call it surgery. However, there are a number of issues that could warrant the need for it.

If you require an implant or a tooth extraction, your dentist will need to perform oral surgery. Not to worry, though. This type of procedure is very common and a skilled and caring dentist will ensure everything goes smoothly.

There are still a number of things you can and should do to prepare for the work being done on your teeth. Dental surgery requires more recovery time, and the right preparations will help it along. A little preparation also makes the day of your surgery go much smoother.

Let's discuss some steps you should take.

Set up Transportation

If your surgery includes anesthesia or any other type of sedation such as nitrous oxide, you need to secure a ride home. Sedation will likely be necessary for the procedure, but impairs your judgment and reflexes, making it unsafe to drive.

Instead, ask a friend or family member to either come with you or meet you there to drive you home. Make sure you set this up prior to surgery day so you're not scrambling trying to find a ride.

Follow Pre-Surgery Instructions

You'll need to ask your dentist about eating and drinking prior to oral surgery. The sedation technique used may require you to refrain from food or drink anywhere from 8 to 12 hours prior. If you're a smoker, you'll need to refrain from having a cigarette within 12 hours of the procedure.

You should also follow all instructions regarding brushing and flossing before the surgery. Remember to follow all instructions given to you by your dentist.

Get Your Prescriptions Beforehand

If you're getting a prescription to aid in the recovery process, it's a good idea to pick them up beforehand. This way you don't have to deal with it after the procedure. There's a good chance you'll want to head straight home to rest.

You may need an antibiotic or pain medication to prevent infection or help with a sore mouth. Ask the office if they can write or call in the prescription ahead of time.

Prepare Your Recovery Space

Depending on the type of oral surgery you have, you may need several days to recover. To make things easier on yourself, get everything set up at home so you're comfortable.

This means getting your bed set up, so you can recline and watch television, and stocking up on the right kinds of food. You'll probably want to avoid spicy or hard to eat foods. Stick with softer foods like yogurt and protein shakes.

If you can work from home, have everything set up so you're not having to move around too much while still feeling weak.

Oral Surgery Doesn't Have to Be a Pain

Taking these steps into consideration will help your dental procedure and the recovery process much easier. Soon, you'll be back on track with healthier teeth and gums. If you have any other questions, consult your dentist before surgery. They're there to help.

At Dr. Kallas Dental Center, we provide comfortable, personalized dental care for Tyson's Corner and surrounding areas. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

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