Oral surgery can be scary, but it can go much more easily if you prepare for it. By knowing what to expect, you’ll feel much more comfortable, as well.
Speak with your dentist or oral surgeon to ensure that you understand why you’re getting this procedure done. Discuss the benefits and risks, and ask about any alternative treatments you may want to consider. Come with questions about the procedure itself, as well as any prep you need to do and how long the recuperation process is. The more you know, the better you’ll feel.
Arrange a Ride
Many dental surgeries require the patient’s sedation. If this applies to you, be sure you have a ride home. Anesthesia, including nitrous oxide, can impair your judgment and make you an unfit driver. Ask a friend, coworker, or loved one if they can give you a ride. If no one is available, arrange for a cab to pick you up or memorize how to get home by public transportation.
If you need sedation for the procedure, you shouldn’t drink or eat anything after midnight the evening before your surgery. This even includes water. By fasting, you’re reducing your risk of aspiration. This rare complication of anesthesia fills your lungs with the contents of your stomach. If you’re worried about fasting for too long, schedule your dental surgery for the morning.
Wear Short Sleeves
Do yourself and your nurses a favor and wear short sleeves if you’re going to receive sedation for the dental surgery. This will help nurses take your vitals, give you an IV, and monitor your blood pressure throughout the procedure.
Give Yourself Time
On the day of your dental surgery, arrive at least 20 minutes early. This ensures you have plenty of time to complete any last-minute paperwork and relax before the surgery begins. This is also a perfect time to speak to your nurse or dental surgeon before the procedure. Take this time to voice any questions or concerns before they administer your sedation.
Again, the best way to be prepared is to be informed so give us a call today if you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming dental surgery.