You may not be excited about your oral surgery, but if you follow your trusted dental professional’s recommendations, you will be happy after the healing process is complete.
To make the oral surgery recovery easier, you can start preparing now. Here are six things you should do before you arrive at the surgeon’s office on the morning of your procedure.
1. Go Grocery Shopping
After you get out of oral surgery, you will not feel like braving the hustle and bustle at the grocery store. You will want to go home and rest. Even though you shouldn’t eat or drink for the first few hours following the procedure, eventually you will need sustenance.
Since you most likely will not be able to chew comfortably right away, it helps to stock up on nutrient drinks like Boost or Ensure. You also should find soft foods you enjoy that contain vitamins and minerals, such as yogurt or eggs.
Buy fresh fruit and juice and make smoothies, and get some Jell-O for dessert. You will be happy you prepared your refrigerator and your cabinets with food that is both palatable and easy to consume.
2. Make Care Arrangements
If you are going to be sedated during oral surgery, you need an adult over age 18 with a valid driver’s license to drive you to and from the office or clinic. You will need him or her to stay with you in the recovery room. You are not fit to drive or operate any machinery for at least
24 hours after oral surgery.
3. Wear Comfortable Clothes
You may be in the dental chair for some time, so you want to make sure you’re comfortable. Bring a sweatshirt or sweater in case the office is too cold for you, and make sure the sleeves aren’t too tight if you are going to have an IV inserted. You want to be able to return home and go right to bed, so you don’t want to have anything on that’s binding or can’t get wrinkled.
4. Prepare Your Recovery Bed
In some cases, such as when you have jaw surgery, it will help elevate your head while you sleep in order to keep swelling down. You will need to have an area set up, whether on your
bed, couch or recliner, with plenty of pillows and blankets. Get a rest and recovery area ready and you won’t have to do anything when you get home other than sleep.
5. Don’t Eat or Drink
Before oral surgery you must fast. Do not eat any food and do not drink for at least eight hours prior to the procedure. You can brush and floss your teeth before you arrive at the office, as long as you do not swallow any water in the process.
6. Talk with Your Surgeon
Discuss your medical history with your oral surgeon so he or she is aware of any adverse reactions you may have had in the past to various types of sedation drugs or pain
medications. Your preparation instructions will be personalized based on your individual needs.
Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is determined to make every surgical procedure a positive experience for each patient. Oral surgery can help improve your life and keep your mouth healthy for years to come.