Preparing for Oral Surgery: What You Need to Know
From the time we were children, we’ve associated going to the dentist with experiencing pain. So, when a dentist tells his or her patient that s/he needs oral surgery, the patient will, naturally, feel a sense of anxiety and fear at the impending invasive surgery. At Ericsson Dental, we understand your anxiety, and hope to quell it. So, with this in mind, we’ve come up with a list of things to keep in mind about your upcoming oral surgery, including things you can do before and after your surgery to minimize your pain and discomfort.
Oral Surgery: What To Know Before You Go
Oral surgery is the catch-all word used to describe a variety of mouth procedures that could be as minor as a filling or as major as a dental implant. There are a few things you can do to make the actual surgical process easier for you.
- Whether the anesthesia you get is local (meaning, only applied to the area to be operated on) or general (meaning, complete sedation), your senses will be compromised. Therefore, it’s strongly recommended that you either arrange for a friend to pick you up after the procedure, or call a taxi or an Uber to get you home safely.
- Don’t eat anything for 24 hours before the surgery. Talk to us to see if it’s safe to drink anything before the surgery; usually, water is permitted, but nothing more. An exception may be made if you’re diabetic, or have another metabolic disorder, but check with us to see if any exceptions may be made.
- Take whatever prescription medications have been previously given to you by your primary care physician. However, check with us if any of your medications are aspirin-based, or you’re on a blood-thinning regimen, as this may compromise your healing time.
Oral Surgery: What To Do When We’re Through
After we’re finished with your oral surgery, there are a few things you can do to make the healing process easier and to shorten your recovery time.
- Don’t eat hard, crunchy, or overly salty foods, as this can irritate your mouth. Instead, stick to soft foods and liquids, like soups, yogurts, and fruits.
- Don’t eat, or drink, anything that’s too hot or too cold. Instead, try to keep your food and drinks at room temperature; extreme temperatures can further irritate your mouth.
- Most swelling and discomfort will go down within 48 hours. If the swelling or discomfort persists for more than three days, talk to us right away.
For more information about Ericsson Dental’s oral surgery recommendations, contact us today.