Oral surgery is typically an outpatient procedure, and while it isn’t typically as frightening as heading off into the operating room at a hospital, surgery of any kind is never simple. The number one way to prepare for your oral surgery is to get in touch with your doctor and ask what you can expect before, during, and after your procedure. They’ll give you plenty of advice and are happy to answer your questions. In addition to your doctor’s thoughts and guidance, these tips can help make your recovery process a bit smoother.
The Night Before
On the night before your surgery, one important thing to do is make sure you have a ride to and from your dentist’s office. While some oral surgeries only require local anesthetics, others require full anesthesia. If this is the case, you won’t be able to drive yourself home. Double check your arrangements, and make sure you are all set.
The other important thing to remember the night before your oral surgery is to fast. Most oral surgeries require you to avoid food and water for 8-12 hours before. Your dentist can give you the official number of hours required for your particular surgery, but a good general rule is to stop eating and drinking at midnight.
Recovery Game Plan
After your oral surgery, you might find yourself spending a bit of time resting in a comfortable spot and catching up on your favorite shows, movies, and books. Part of the recovery process is taking it easy, so set up a spot with plenty of pillows so you prop yourself up in a comfortable way. Make sure you have some good movies on hand, and a few books and magazines lying around.
Your dentist will definitely give you instructions for a safe and smooth recovery, but make sure that you have them write it down so you don’t forget it. You will definitely experience some swelling, and ice can help with that. Ice the area for 15 minutes at a time with at least 15 minutes in between.
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