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Preparing for Oral Surgery

January 21, 2015

Tips for making your oral surgery go smoothly and successfully.

Preparing for Oral SurgeryIf you’ve been told you need oral surgery to correct an issue with your teeth, you may be understandably apprehensive. However, it is very important that you not let your fears get the best of you, but instead schedule your surgery promptly so you can get the care you need. Here are some tips that will help take the fear out of the process and promote a successful procedure and recovery.

Choose the Right Dentist

First and foremost, you should be sure you are choosing a qualified oral surgeon with experience in the procedure you need, whether it be wisdom tooth extraction, dental implant placement, or some other type of oral surgery. The more experience a surgeon has, the more likely they will be to be able to successfully overcome any unexpected complications that may arise during or after the surgery.

Understand the Procedure

You will definitely want to understand what to expect from the procedure before getting your oral surgery. This will help reduce fear associated with the event. Your dentist should be able to clearly explain each step of the procedure to you as well as the benefits you will enjoy once the healing is complete. Your dentist should also explain your sedation options to you at this time.

The Day of Your Surgery

Leading up to your surgery, you will need to follow any instructions you have been given by the dentist. This may include taking certain prescriptions, giving up smoking, and avoiding eating for a certain amount of time prior to the procedure if general anesthesia will be used. If local anesthesia will be used, you can eat a small meal an hour or two before the appointment. Be sure to brush and floss before your appointment and wear comfortable clothing.

Plan for Recovery

After your surgery, you will need to focus on healing. This will be much easier if you have everything you need for your recovery lined up in advance. For example, you may be able to fill prescriptions for painkillers before your appointment. Also, stock up on soft foods, ice packs, and books or movies to keep you happy during your recovery time. Don’t smoke or drink as this will slow the healing process. If you are having a major oral surgery, you should have someone come with you to the procedure and drive you home afterwards.

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