Being told you need oral surgery can create fear and anxiety amongst most patients. Instead of stressing your nights away, prepare for the surgery for a worry-free experience.
- Consult with your Dentist- Discuss any fears or concerns you have with your dentists to secure how you feel. Also, confirm which medications you will need after the procedure and set up prescriptions with a pharmacy as soon as possible.
- Eating and Drinking Before- If general anesthetics are going to be used, try not to eat or drink for 8 hours before the surgery. Although, if local anesthetics are being used, eating a small meal 2 hours before the operation is fine. Upon arrival, brush and floss your teeth. Lastly, do not smoke 24 hours before and after your surgery.
- Oral Surgery Fashion- There is no need to look your best, we want you to feel comfortable. Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting stained and are loose fitting. We try our best to prevent dirtying your clothes, but its better to be safe. Don’t bother with jewelry or contacts; we want you feeling relaxed! Bring along some lip balm for after as your lips may get chapped, but please no make up.
- Transportation- During surgery, anesthetics will most likely be used; therefore, the patient will be unable to operate a vehicle. Arrange for a close friend or family member to drive you there and back, maybe bribe them with cookies!
- Post Surgery Plan- Before your surgery; stock your home with soft foods and a lot of nutritious liquids. Avoid chewable, spicy or acidic food that can irritate your teeth or gums. When making smoothies or shakes, add protein powder or a boost and do not use straws. Organize your living space and make it comfortable. Keep a variety of pillows on your bed to maximize relaxation. Also, make sure to have entertainment such as a TV, computer, book or magazine to make the time go by while recovering.
If you need a consultation or oral surgery, trust MacDonald & Whaley DDS and give us a call. We will answer all your questions and guarantee a safe and easy procedure.