Tips to Prepare for Your Oral Surgery

Whether the oral surgery is a common one, like wisdom tooth removal, or more complex, such as a facial reconstruction procedure, you want to be prepared for what will take place when you are in the oral surgeon’s chair.

Your initial consultation with your oral surgeon gives you a chance to review all of the pre-operative plans you need to make. Be sure to take good notes to take home with you, or better yet, refer to our website’s “patient resources” menu selection.

With intravenous sedation for tooth extraction, you will need to make special preparations for the day of the procedure. When the sedative is administered intravenously or if general anesthesia is being used, patients need to fast after midnight (minimum of 8 hours)before coming to the office for surgery.

You’ll want to wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing to the office on the day of your surgery as well. This will add to your comfort during the procedure.   Flat shoes and patient’s should remove contacts and nail polish before their procedure as well. 

Your initial consultation with your oral surgeon gives you a chance to review all of the pre-operative plans you need to make.

In addition to having a to-do list for before the procedure, you should also be familiar with your post-operative instructions. For example, following a tooth extraction with sedation, you will need to be escorted home by a responsible adult. You will still be experiencing some of the sedative’s effects when it is time to leave the office.

Dietary adjustments may also be needed in the few days after your surgery. Do some shopping in advance so that your kitchen is stocked with soft foods like ice cream, mashed potatoes, pasta, and yogurt.

Take care to avoid activities that may disrupt the healing process. Drinking through straws, for example, can lead to dry sockets after wisdom tooth extraction, and straws should be avoided. Patients should not smoke in the first few days after their recovery. This, too, can lead to complications and interfere with the healing process.

There is no need to have anxiety about a pending oral surgery procedure. Talk to our oral surgeon in advance to address any concerns that you may have. Develop a plan for before and after the procedure to improve your chances of a good outcome and be well informed.