Tips for Preparing for Oral Surgery

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Oral surgery can be invasive and may result in a long period of recovery. Being prepared to deal with the after-effects of oral surgery is very important to your ability to recover quickly. Preparing for oral surgery doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming if you follow these tips:
Prepping for Pain
Before the surgery, talk with your dentist (or surgeon) to determine whether or not you’ll need pain medication following the procedure. If your doctor cannot prescribe the medications for you before the surgery, arrange to have them picked up by someone else so that you’ll have them immediately upon reaching home.
Pre-Operative Prep
If you smoke, you should abstain for at least twelve hours prior to your procedure. This is a very good time to quit altogether, as smoking will also not be permitted for at least 24 hours following your surgery. If you will be under general anesthesia, your doctor may advise you not to eat or drink prior to surgery. Generally, you should fast for 12 hours before going under anesthesia. For local anesthesia, eat something light a couple of hours prior to surgery. Follow all instructions given to your by your doctor.
Dressing for Surgery
Dress comfortably for your procedure. Keep in mind that your clothing may be stained during your surgery, although every effort is made to avoid this. Jewelry is not recommended, as, for most procedures, you will have to remove it anyway. If you wear contacts, don’t wear them for your procedure. Don’t put on makeup or lipstick, but take lip balm with you because your lips may be chapped following surgery.

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Aftercare Arrangements

After undergoing oral surgery, you will need someone to drive you home, especially following some types of anesthetic. You should arrange for someone to stay with you for at least a few hours following your surgery. If you are a caregiver for small children, someone should be assisting you with their care for at least the first day after surgery. If you will be using pain medications that could cloud your judgment or cause you to not be fully present and aware, you should have help with childcare until you are no longer taking those medications.

Eating after Oral Surgery

Following oral surgery, you should have plenty of soft foods available that don’t require much chewing. Try to stay away from spicy and acidic foods because they may be irritating to sensitive gum tissue. Stock up on nutritional drinks such as those offered by Boost and Ensure to meet your nutritional needs. Don’t use straws following oral surgery, though, as it could cause dry socket, a painful condition requiring a visit to the dentist.

A Final Word

Being well-prepared for recovery can ease pain and speed recovery time. By taking a bit of time before surgery, you can have the help you need when you need it. Recovering from oral surgery can be much easier if you make the right preparations beforehand.

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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.