How to Prepare for Oral Surgery

Oral surgery can be an easier experience if you prepare in advance for it. Putting it out of your mind until walking into the office the day of the procedure can actually make things more stressful. First, inform yourself about the surgery and why you are having it. Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist questions, and ask them about the risks and benefits; write down the questions as they come to you, so you can ask them during your appointment prior to the surgery or on the phone in-between appointments.

Understanding your options in advance will help you make the right decisions. In addition to surgical options, this also means knowing whether local anesthesia will be better. Being alert during the surgery and just numb in the local area will allow you to recover faster.

Make Travel Plans in Advance

You don’t want to drive if you receive anesthesia, because nitrous oxide and other things used during oral surgery can impede your judgment. Arrange for public transportation, contact a cab company in advance, or ask a friend or family member for a helpful ride. If someone can drive you, it can add peace of mind knowing someone is there for you.

Follow All Necessary Protocols

Don’t eat or drink immediately before surgery. Before removing wisdom teeth, for example, you may be asked not to eat for several hours, because having food in your stomach during anesthesia and surgery can increase the risk of complications such as aspiration. Only take small sips of water if you need to take medication and ask whether nonprescription medications should be avoided if you take them

If you wear dentures, removable bridgework, or partial plates, they’ll probably be removed before the procedure. Bring a container or small box with you so there’s a place to put them. But it’s not only about what you do in this respect. When you plan for the big day, be sure you can get to the office early and know what time you need to be there.

Many dental surgeries are completed on an outpatient basis. If you need your wisdom teeth removed, you will likely go home after the procedure is over. Preparing in advance and knowing as much as possible about the procedure can help you recover more quickly. You’ll of course want to know how long the procedure will take and how complicated it is; also ask if other dental treatments may be needed later. If anything, knowing these and other facts such as whether impacted wisdom teeth have damaged other teeth will put you more at ease.

If you have any uncertainties as to how to prepare for your oral surgery, ask a dentist or staff member at Shoreview Dental. They have the technical expertise and have performed various dental surgeries on many people over the years. Your dental professional can walk you through the entire process so you are relaxed and confident the day of the procedure.