Preparing for Oral Surgery

Oral surgery can seem quite intimidating to someone who has a lot of anxiety or hasn’t experienced oral surgery before.  In order to reduce your level of stress and regain control over the situation the best thing you can do for yourself is to make sure that you are doing everything possible to prepare for your upcoming oral surgery.

Planning for Oral Surgery

The first thing you will want to do is create a plan.  Your oral surgeon will provide you with a list of instructions prior to your oral surgery.  It is important that you follow these instructions very closely.  You may be required to fast the night before depending on what kind of anesthetic will be used during your operation.  You may also need to take medications the day before or morning of your surgery as directed by your oral surgeon.  You should plan on wearing loose, comfortable clothes to your appointment so you are able to go straight into your recovery space when you get back home.  Many patients are quite groggy after the anesthetic and will want to go right to sleep after oral surgery.

Transportation for Oral Surgery

Before you go in for your oral surgery appointment you will want to make sure that you have everything taken care of so you are able to rest and relax after your operation.  Depending on what time of anesthesia is being used for our procedure you may need to find someone willing and able to drive you to and from your oral surgery appointment.  It is best if this person will wait at the office for you during your surgery so they can be there to help you home right away.

Preparing for Oral Surgery Recovery

It is strongly recommended that you make sure that you have everything you need at home for your recovery time.  You will want to have a comfortable place where you can rest after your oral surgery.  You may wish to place extra blankets and pillows nearby so you are able to easily access them if you need them.  It’s also a good idea to have some form of entertainment located near the location where you will be resting.  Books, magazines, radio or television remotes will be able to help you relax and pass the time while you are awake.

Preparing your Oral Surgery Diet

After undergoing oral surgery you will need nutritious foods that are soft and won’t irritate or hurt your healing mouth.  Your oral surgeon may have a list of recommended foods or provide suggestions of items you can stock up on.  It is important that you do not use straws or anything else that creates a sucking motion after you’ve had oral surgery as this action can cause issues with your surgery site and blood clots.  Disrupting the surgical site during the healing process can result in excessive bleeding or unnecessary pain.

Try to do your grocery shopping before your oral surgery date so that you don’t have to try to leave your recovery space to pick up something to eat.  Eating meals at regular intervals is extremely important in your recovery process.  The nutrients from the meals will help speed your recovery and help you to feel better, faster.  It is even more important to make sure that you are staying hydrated.  An assortment of beverages such as sports drinks and water can help encourage you to stay hydrated during your recovery time.  Just be sure to avoid straws or drinking out of bottles that require you to use a sucking motion.  Open glasses are best for your recovery beverages.

Recovering from Oral Surgery

Try to rest as much as possible during the days following oral surgery.  By limiting your activities you are allowing yourself more time to heal.  This period of relaxation and recovery will speed up the healing process with as few side effects as possible.  Be sure that you are following all instructions given to you by your oral surgeon after your procedure.  You may want to ask your oral surgeon for some extra gauze to take home with you.  In the even that you begin bleeding at the surgical site, biting on the gauze will help slow or stop the bleeding.

Don’t forget to take care of your mouth.  You may gently brush your teeth the night that you had your oral surgery but be sure not to aggravate the surgical area.  After each meal, gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water to help clean your mouth and promote healing.  You may experience some swelling and stiffness in your jaw.  Once you are home from your appointment you can apply ice packs to the side of your face while you are awake.  In addition to ice packs, after the first 36 hours have passed you can try applying moist heat in an effort to help control the pain and swelling.  It is important to take any medicines prescribed by your oral surgeon as directed to help manage any pain you may experience.

If you have any other questions about preparing for oral surgery, please call us at Progressive Dental Care of Hanover.

250 Fame Ave Ste 206
Hanover, PA 17331
PHONE 717-637-0202
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