A Complete Guide To Preparing For Oral Surgery
Surgery of any type can certainly be intimidating. At Hubbard & Leath Dental, we work hard to make sure our patients feel comfortable at all times. If you have to undergo oral surgery, we will make sure you’re completely prepared.
During your time with us, you’re in good hands. But we want to make sure you know what to expect before and after your procedure, so the process can go as smoothly as possible. Below, we’ve provided some tips on preparing for oral surgery so you can feel more comfortable with the process.
Before The Day Of Surgery
The day before your scheduled oral surgery , you’ll need to finalize your arrangements. If any of our sedation options will be used to make you more comfortable, you’ll be unable to drive while the side effects wear off. Make sure you have a ride to and from our Rochester Hills, MI dentist office. It helps to get these details arranged in advance so you don’t have to worry about them on the day of your procedure.
If necessary, make arrangements for childcare. You’ll need a little time to rest after your procedure so it’s usually a good idea to have someone keep an eye on your young children if possible.
You will also be asked to fast the night before your procedure. We will tell you exactly how many hours you’ll be required to fast when we discuss the other details of your oral surgery. Typically, our patients need to fast for eight to twelve hours for an outpatient oral surgery. In most cases that means you shouldn’t eat or drink anything after midnight.
However, if you’re diabetic these instructions may not apply to you. Be sure to mention your condition during your appointment before the surgery and we will give you instructions based on your individual situation.
If you take any prescription medications, take them the evening and morning before your surgery. Again, mention the medications you take during your appointment so we can be aware of any potential complications.
The Day Of Your Oral Surgery
What you wear to your scheduled oral surgery is surprisingly important.You should dress practically in comfortable clothing. It’s especially important to wear short-sleeved, loose-fitting clothing if you’re scheduled to have IV sedation.
You should remove all jewelry before your procedure and avoid wearing contact lenses, if possible. You also shouldn’t wear any makeup and should avoid any colognes, perfumes, or body sprays.
You’ll want to arrive at your appointment just a little early. Plan to arrive about 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment to accommodate any traffic or other issues you may run into.
Once you arrive at our Rochester Hills, MI dentist office, we’ll take good care of you!
Recovering From Oral Surgery
After oral surgery, you should plan to give yourself some time to recover. If you can, try to find a quiet and relaxing space to spend time when you get home from your surgery. You can curl up in bed with a good book and rest while the side effects of anesthesia wear off and your surgical site heals.
You should avoid smoking during your recovery time. The sucking motion can cause bleeding or damage to the surgical site. You should avoid drinking through a straw for the same reason.
After some surgeries, you may experience swelling. You can use an ice pack on the area for 15 minutes at a time to control the swelling.
Remember to take your pain medicine as instructed to ensure you stay comfortable and pain-free. After 24 hours you can gently rinse out your mouth with plain water or a salt water solution.
Help Is Just A Phone Call Away!
If you’re still feeling anxious about your upcoming oral surgery, we’re happy to help. Call Hubbard & Leath Dental at (248) 266-2528. We’re more than happy to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have. You can fill out our online form to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!