Dental surgery and sedation can be a scary thing to prepare for. While most people are afraid of surgeries and the lingering effects, dental surgery can be particularly frightening because it affects how we speak and eat in the days after the surgery.
However, due to a multitude of dental problems and the presence of wisdom teeth, sometimes oral surgery can be the best course of action for your health and wellbeing. Even if you take good care of your teeth, there’s always the chance that you may need dental surgery in the future.
However, it isn’t that bad if you know how to prepare for it. Preparing for the surgery in the day or days prior to the actual surgery, and even up to the morning of, is very important to making sure the surgery goes well and nothing bad happens.
While your dentist will probably give you a list or tell you of the precautions you need to take before surgery, we have compiled a helpful guide on what to generally do and don’t do in the time you have before your surgery to make sure everything goes well.
How To Prepare For Dental Surgery And Sedation
One of the major things to do before a dental surgery is prepare transportation to and from the surgery. A lot of the time you will be sedated in a way that will make it hard to be lucid enough to drive after the surgery, so making sure that you have someone with you to help you to and from the appointment will be saving yourself a lot of trouble in the long run.
Another thing to keep in mind when going into surgery is making sure that you didn’t eat the night before. Your dentist will typically tell you how many hours you have to fast without eating or drinking before the surgery, and if you’re diabetic a light meal is ok if you run it by the doctor.
Also you are free to take your prescribed medicine unless your oral surgeon specifies that doing so will clash with the sedation technique they will be using.
The most important factor to keep in mind is that your oral surgeon will typically give you a sheet with how to prepare before the surgery, and that following the rules they list is the best way to make sure that the surgery goes without a hitch.
If you have any questions about what to expect for the oral surgery or if you need to break one of the rules, be sure to consult with your dentist or surgeon before you do so to make sure that it will be ok for the surgery.
Once you’re completed with the surgery, there will be aftercare instructions to make sure that you don’t open the wounds or cause any damage while your mouth heals, so be careful and always listen to your surgeon or nurse when they are explaining things, or if you are too sedated to listen make sure to have someone there to help or have them print off a copy of the instructions.