Preparing For Oral Surgery

Oral surgery can sometimes prevent an infection from spreading and keep the mouth as healthy as possible by either removing teeth that are infected or damaged or fixing teeth that can be repaired instead of removed. Before you visit a dentist in Wheeling IL, there are a few tips to keep in mind so that you’re comfortable during the procedure and so that the best results are achieved. One of the things that you can do is talk to the dentist about any fears that you might have about the surgery or any concerns that you might have about the recovery.

Try to schedule a time with your dentist before the surgery so that you can ask questions about how the procedure will be performed and what you need to do when you get home. Make notes about your recovery because you might not remember much on the day of the procedure. Most of the time, oral surgery involves some kind of sedation. Make sure you have someone with you who can take you home because you won’t be able to drive. If there isn’t anyone available, you can usually contact a taxi or some kind of public transportation that can take you home safely.

Don’t eat anything before your surgery. It will help to prevent any kind of aspiration that might occur if you do eat or drink anything. Most surgeons will try to get procedures completed in the morning so that you’re not waiting all day to eat anything. When you are able to eat something, it should be soft and easy to swallow instead of a food that you have to chew. Don’t drink out of a straw because the suction could remove a blood clot that has formed.

Wear comfortable clothing on the day of surgery to make it easier for the nurse to put a blood pressure cuff on an arm and for the nurse to start an IV for the medication that will sedate you. Arrive about 15 minutes before the surgery so that you have time to relax and ask any last-minute questions about the surgery.

 

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