Looking up into the masked faces of several dentists performing oral surgery

How to Prepare for Oral Surgery

April 29, 2023 2:18 pm
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Are you preparing for wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, or another oral surgery? We understand that any type of surgery can feel intimidating. The best way to feel more comfortable about your surgery appointment is to be as prepared as possible. The following tips can help ease your nerves and make your recovery as stress-free as possible.

  1. Follow Your Dentist’s Instructions & Protocols
  2. Your dentist will provide you with a detailed set of instructions on how to properly prepare for your oral surgery and how to care for your mouth after your procedure. It’s crucial to follow these directions closely so that you are more likely to have a smooth oral surgery and a speedy recovery.

  3. Arrange Post-Surgery Transportation & Time Off Work
  4. Most oral surgery requires sedation dentistry. Sedation is a safe and effective way to make sure you don’t experience any pain or discomfort during your procedure. However, the medication can cause temporary mental fog after your procedure. You will need to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home after your appointment. As needed, make arrangements with work or school to take time off so you can rest and recover.

  5. Stock Up on Soft Foods
  6. After your oral surgery, it will be difficult to eat solid, tough foods. Stock your kitchen with soft foods that are easy to chew, such as eggs, soup, seedless smoothies, yogurt, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, bananas, blueberries, and applesauce. Keep in mind that you should not drink from a straw for several days. Straws can increase the risk of developing dry socket and infection after oral surgery.

  7. Plan Your At-Home Oral Hygiene Routine
  8. It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene while you heal. Depending on the oral surgery you undergo, you may need to adjust your hygiene routine with gentle mouth rinses and special dental tools. Check with your dentist about the supplies you’ll need.

If you have any additional questions or concerns about your upcoming oral surgery, please contact our team at Bolt Family Dental today!