Oral Surgery Preparation
Undergoing any type of surgery can be an unnerving process. If you have to have oral surgery, like wisdom tooth extraction or dental implant placement, you may be a bit nervous. That’s totally normal! Luckily, there are a few things you can do to prepare yourself and your mouth for the upcoming surgery. Preparing yourself for oral surgery gives your mind something to focus on the night before your operation.
Discuss the Proper Preparation with your Surgeon
The information given in this blog is just a general overview of what to do to prepare for oral surgery. In order to ensure that you are following the right procedures, you should follow the instructions from your surgeon. They will guide you on the necessary steps for your specific surgery. Be sure that your surgeon knows about specific health situations like diabetes because that may affect your surgery prep.
Make Transportation Arrangements
Typically after oral surgery, you aren’t allowed to drive due to the use of anesthesia. You’ll need to set up transportation for yourself after your surgery. A close friend or significant other is the usual choice for assistance after surgery. Go over the plan for your oral surgery with the person who is coming with you to the appointment to make sure everyone is on the same page and they have at least a general idea what to expect.
Know What You Can Eat and Drink
Knowing what you can eat and drink primarily depends on the type of anesthetic that will be used. In most outpatient oral surgeries, you cannot eat or drink anything in the 8 to 12 hours before your surgery. Your surgeon will give you more specific instructions according to your individual surgery situation.
Decide What to Wear
This may seem a bit superficial, but what you wear to your oral surgery does have its importance. Wear comfortable, loose clothing. You should wear short sleeves, especially if your surgery involves general anesthesia. Short sleeves give the nurses easy access to your arm for blood pressure monitoring and other procedures during surgery. Avoid wearing jewelry because you will be required to remove it before surgery. Makeup is also unnecessary, although you may want to bring a moisturizing lip balm to use after your oral surgery.
Oral Surgery at Lynn Dental Care
At Lynn Dental Care in Dallas, Texas, we are proud to be a full-service dental clinic. Dr. Brock Lynn performs oral surgery along with general and cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you are in need of oral surgery or would like more information about the other services we offer, contact us at Lynn Dental Care today!