If you have to have any kind of oral surgery, there is a certain amount of preparation and care involved. You will want to be very sure that you are fully prepared, so that beforehand you will be ready, and after, when recovering you will be fully taken care of.
First, consult with your oral surgeon about the process involved with the surgery. Make sure that you know exactly what is involved, and what the recovery will be.
Some surgeries will require that you take certain pain medications or antibiotics before and after. Make sure that you have the medications picked up beforehand, and ready to go.
You will want to double check with your surgeon that you are taking the right dosage, on the right schedule. It is very important that you follow his or her directions explicitly.
Discuss any concerns or fears you may have when it comes to the surgery or your recovery. Your surgeon will be happy to answers your questions, and make sure you are comfortable with the procedure.
If you are being sedated, you will want to make sure you have a family member or friend there when you wake up. Most people are quite groggy, and unable to walk on their own.
You will definitely not be able to drive under these conditions, so plan ahead of time to have someone who can pick you up and take you home.
If you have been sedated, you will not be able to return to work-you will want to rest as much as you can, and take your pain medications. If you have small children, you might want to consider arranging for child care, so you won't have to worry afterwards.
If you are undergoing intravenous anesthetic sedation, they generally recommend that you do not eat or drink for up to eight hours before your surgery. If you are merely undergoing a local anesthetic, have a light meal one to two hours beforehand.
If you are a smoker, do not smoke for at least twelve hours before surgery, or for twenty four hours afterwards. This will insure that your blood vessels are fully open for healing.
You will want to wear something that is loose, comfortable, and short-sleeved for easy access to an IV. Dentists will recommend that you wear something that is ok to stain, in the off chance that you might get blood on your clothing.
This is merely a precaution, and most surgeries are quite clean. Do not wear any jewelry, makeup, or lipstick if you can avoid it.
If you wear contact lenses, you may want to take them out, as your eyes will be closed for the procedure and they can easily become quite irritated. Bring glasses, or have your escort bring your contact lenses for you after the surgery.
After the surgery, there will most likely be strict diet requirements that you will want to follow explicitly for your safety. If you have any kind of blood clots, such as in wisdom tooth removals, you need to be very careful not to dislodge them.
This can slow healing, and cause great pain. Do not drink anything out of straw, as the sucking motion will dislodge these clots.
Try drinks such as Slim Fast or Gatorade, and soft foods such as mashed potatoes or apple sauce. Make sure that you are getting enough protein, so that you will stay feeling well.
Make sure that you have plenty of space to rest, such as a bed or comfortable sofa. Keep yourself reclined, and propped with pillows.
Make sure that you have plenty of interesting movies or TV shows to keep you occupied. If you don't provide yourself with plenty of entertainment, you will be more likely to try to get up and start doing things sooner than you should.
Have books, cross word puzzles, or relaxing music within reach. This will make your time pass much more quickly, and will distract you from any residual pain you may have.
Oral surgery is not an inherently fun process. However, if you take these simple steps to make sure you are fully prepared beforehand and very comfortable afterwards, it doesn't have to be a completely terrible event.
Ignacio Lopez has been working as an Oral Surgeon since 1985. He has written several article about oral health throughout his life. He recommends Oral Surgeon Utah for all your oral needs.