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What to Know Before Oral Surgery


Posted on 1/20/2017 by Andrew Zeiger
A woman talking with her oral surgeon about her upcoming surgery.Oral surgery of any kind can be a bit daunting. Most surgeries are outpatient procedures, though, and you will be able to go home shortly after it's over.

Knowing what to expect during and after the procedure can make the process a bit easier. Here are a few things you should know before you go in for oral surgery.

Discuss Concerns About Oral Surgury


There are many people who fear the dentist, and are frightened by the prospect of having oral surgery. Talk with your surgeon before your procedure. Let him or her know about your concerns. Your surgeon can explain the process and answer any questions you may have.

Have Someone with You
Most oral surgery procedures require general anesthesia. This means that when you are ready to go home, you will more than likely be unable to drive a car. For this reason, it is important for you to have someone with you who can drive you home.

Fasting
If you do require general anesthesia, you will need to fast. You should abstain from eating or drinking anything, even water, for at least eight hours before your appointment. If you are only having a local anesthetic, make sure you give yourself about two hours between your last meal and your appointment time.

What to Wear
Arrive at your appointment wearing comfortable clothes. Short sleeved shirts are best, because they allow vitals to be checked and general anesthesia to be administered. Avoid wearing jewelry as it will only need to be removed. Lip balm may also be a good idea as your lips may become dry.

[Prepare Your Home
After your procedure, you are going to need to rest. Prepare your home before your procedure so that you don't need to run errands or do too much around your house. Stock your refrigerator and pantry with soft foods that will be easy to eat. Avoid hard, crunchy foods, as well as foods that are acidic or spicy. It will be important to eat nutritious foods, as getting proper nutrients is crucial to a healthy recovery.

Set up your home so that you can rest comfortably. Add some extra pillows to your sofa and your bed so that you can lay back with your head elevated. Keep books, magazines, games and the television remote nearby. You might become bored resting, so having several things to do within arm's reach can encourage you to stay resting.

With a bit of preparation, you can arrive prepared for a successful surgery and you will be ready to rest up and recover without problems.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about oral surgery.

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